New Role Will Help Tackle Loneliness In Older Islanders

Councillor Richard McCarthy

Councillor Richard McCarthy

Lonely, elderly islanders should soon be able to enjoy more social contact.

The Council has secured grant money to fund a new member of staff whose role will be to increase interaction between older residents.

Age Concern will manage the employee on behalf of the Town Hall.

Cllr Richard McCarthy chairs the Community Services Committee, which is responsible for this project, known as ‘Living Well.’

Richard says that loneliness is recognised as one of the most significant factors in older and vulnerable people’s loss of independence. And he says that it frequently leads to admission to residential or acute hospital care.

The successful job applicant will be expected to work closely with the GP team, St Mary’s Hospital, Social Services and Healthwatch, as well as volunteers on all the islands.

Richard hopes that the project will prove as popular as the Buzza Bus, which was the first initiative that the Council contracted out to Age Concern.

He says the £1.50 on-request transport service for the elderly also helps reduce isolation by enabling elderly islanders to get around St Mary’s to social, shopping or medical appointments.

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