Healthy Valleys is a fantastic community led health initiative working across rural South Lanarkshire that I have always been keen to support. Local community members, voluntary, and public sector agencies work together to promote health and wellbeing, and reduced inequalities in health.
At a recent event in my region, I met Barbara Harding, Project Worker, who told me about one of their current projects – Re-Connect South Lanarkshire. I am delighted to be attending their event on 22nd October.
Re-Connect provides a service designed to tackle loneliness and isolation, and is targeted at people over 50 years old and living in their own home. The project arranges for fully trained, caring volunteers to visit people at home and help them learn about local groups or activities they may like to get involved with. The volunteers can also help continue independent living by providing transport and connecting you with old and new friends, or simply providing some reassurance and support in getting involved in the Clydesdale community.
100% of participants in the pilot project reported that Re-Connect had a positive impact on their lives, and now it is up and running Re-Connect is looking for volunteers. It is excellent that Big Lottery has provided funding for the next three years. This is an opportunity to make a valuable difference in someone’s life and the South Lanarkshire community.
For more information about how to volunteer with Re-Connect check out their website here. Alternatively, contact Barbara Harding at the Healthy Valleys at at 01555 880 666 or firstname.lastname@example.org