Sefton’s Community Connector Project is aimed at people aged 18 or over who are at risk or feeling lonely and socially isolated, with low level mental health needs and not meeting eligibility criteria of Adult Social Care.
Upon referral a Community Connector will make initial contact and arrange a home visit. A loneliness questionnaire and mental wellbeing questionnaire are completed as well as asking the client what would improve their quality of life, what would get them out of the house, what have they always wanted to try.
They are paired up with a Community Champion (volunteer) who aims to help the client to achieve these aspirations. Slowly, the Community Champion will take a step back from their duties enabling the client to do more for themselves now that their social circle has increased.
Many lonely and isolated people call upon emergency services in times of need, and this is not always necessary. They are likely to then be referred to Social Services when they do not necessarily meet their criteria.
We hope an early intervention and prevention project such as Community Connectors can increase a person’s capacity and social circle so they can call upon family, friends and neighbours in times of need to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and referrals onto Adult Social Care.
Ultimately we’d like our clients to become Community Champions to help others achieve the same results they have achieved! For more information call 0151 920 0726 or find us on Twitter or via the website.
Sefton Community Connectors are supporting the ‘30 Days of Sefton In Mind’ Campaign – to spread the word about local services and activities available to people in Sefton to improve their mental health.