Portsmouth Disability Forum News
Community Connector Project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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