walkwithmeA new project, which aims to promote and support healthy living for older people (50+) residing in the Chapeltown, Chapel Allerton, Scott Hall and Meanwood areas of Leeds.

With an ever increasing aging population, more and more older people are becoming isolated, many not seeing anyone for days at a time. This can have an impact on their health and wellbeing.

Walk With Me project which links volunteer befrienders (18+) with older residents who are isolated to provide support and encouragement to get out of the house. The volunteer and older person will work together to achieve the older person’s goals which may be to walk to friends, to attend groups or visit local shops or attend appointments…. Fancy a stroll?

As well as working on a one to one basis, Volunteers could also work together to run an activity session which brings people together.

Could you spare some time to support an older person, if the answer is yes why not become a volunteer?  A full induction, training and on-going support are provided along with out of pocket expenses.

To find out more about this volunteering role please contact Jeff on 0113 3504200 or email jeff@fgfleeds.org

This project is part of Time to Shine.

Out of the Shadows: Time to Shine is managed by Leeds Older People’s Forum (LOPF) and funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst people over 50.

Time to Shine selects partners across Leeds to deliver unique and creative projects that engage socially isolated people. Within the programme is robust external local and national evaluation to test and learn from the approaches and inform future work.

Leeds is one of 14 Ageing Better areas, selected from an original 100 in England. LOPF secured £6 million from Big Lottery Fund to reach more than 15,000 older people in the city by 2021.