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Sefton organisations needed to help with loneliness study

The project about loneliness and social isolation (PALS) is looking for groups or organisations in Sefton to help them conduct a study based at Liverpool John Moores University.

The project aims to find out how important connections with other people and the community are to health and wellbeing.

A social networking tool called GENIE will be evaluated to see how effective it is at reducing unwanted social isolation. GENIE can help participants to create a visual map of their support network, then connect people to local organisations and others within the community who have similar needs and interests.

Half the people taking part in the study will be able to use GENIE to map their support networks and match them with local activities. The other half will continue their work as usual but will be able to use GENIE later, after six months.

The PALS team is looking for new community organisations to partner in this study to help recruit participants and deliver the intervention. There is funding attached for the organisations who will receive Β£90 for each intervention participant and Β£55 for each control participant.

Sefton Council is celebrating it’s Year of Friendship throughout 2019 and studies like this are extremely important in tackling the growing issue of social isolation.

A number of organisations are already involved including; Age UK Wirral, the Living Well Sefton Community Connectors CVS, Wellbeing Enterprises, May Logan Centre and Irish Community Care.

For more information contact Karina Kinsella at k.f.kinsella@ljmu.ac.uk or call 0515 231 4210.