Mrs X is a 79 year old lady living in Southsea. She moved to the area after 15 years away to be closer to family. She found that she was spending most week days alone at home and experienced a great amount of loss after the death of 9 friends / family members in the past year. Spending time alone was difficult for her and she felt very low in confidence.
She was referred to Community Connectors by a friend and after meeting with one of the team and having a discussion, she made a list of goals. These were around meeting new people and being more confident, being more active, being part of a group, going out for dinner with new friends, being busier, happier and more independent. She also wanted to use the buses and get some help with exploring benefits and around the home with odd jobs.
The Community Connectors were able to give her information on local groups and the bereavement centre. They were also able to refer her to the handy man service and the Age UK information and advice service. One of the Community Connector volunteers also accompanied Mrs X to Southsea Seniors social club, St. Jude’s Lunch Club and Personal Choice Lunch Club to build her confidence.
Mrs X now independently visits Southsea Seniors Group every Tuesday and she has achieved her goal of going out for dinner when she attended an evening meal with this group. She also visits the Personal Choice group on Thursdays and has been invited along to another social group by some of the members. Mrs X is much more confident and does not need as much support. She is walking more to improve her health, as well as using buses to access the city. She is now much happier with her life.