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Dene Dunn

Dene Dunn

Hi my name is Dene and I work for Portsmouth Disability Forum maintaining and developing their websites. We are always looking to improve our website and welcome any feedback you may have as this helps us to create a website that is easy to navigate, understand and meets your information needs. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email me (denedunn@blueyonder.co.uk) or complete our evaluation form - you can find it here.

A bit about me - I have 2 children, aged 23 and 21. I registered as a childminder when they first started school so that I could work and still be around for them, a job that I continue to do now (when not working for PDF) even though my children are all grown up! So all in all, I have been looking after children for the last 22 years - glutton for punishment I hear you say - perhaps - but like everything in life it has its ups and downs and on the whole it has been a very rewarding and enjoyable experience, enabling me to look after my own children and help working parents too.

This project is for adults 18+ who are experiencing loneliness/ social isolation and want to get out in the community to engage more but lack confidence to do so.

The team are part of the Independence and Wellbeing Team, Adult Social Care.

People can be referred by professional, self-referral or a family member/friend, all need to have gained consent beforehand.

Community Connectors provide short term intervention- usually about 6-8 weeks but this varies depending on the needs of the person, support can be given for us to 12weeks.

There are three Community Connectors in the team, one full-time and two part-time and a pool of volunteers. When a referral is received the Community Connector will meet with the person to complete a short assessment. This time is about getting to know the person, their interests, what they would like to achieve to alleviate their social isolation and loneliness. This could be pursuing old interests, visiting a friend, attending a social group or activity class, using public transport – the list is endless and really depends on what the person feels they want.

Everything that is put in place has to be self-sustainable so that the client is able to continue when our support ends.  

People using the service have to be about to get out of their homes independently, the project is not aimed at people who are house bound or need assistance with a wheel chair. This is a preventative intervention and is about empowering the individual to do things for themselves if people are looking for a befriender, they would be signposted to a befriending service. 

For further information please call 02392 841762 or email Julie at robers@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


For details of Community Connectors drop-in sessions please click on the link below:

pdfCommunity Connectors Drop-in Sessions.pdf

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