Throughout the Year of Friendship, Sefton Council are celebrating specialist groups who are tackling loneliness by promoting friendship throughout the borough.
The Orrell Trust is a small grass roots charity based in Orrell, Bootle and has been running since 2002. It is committed to supporting people who may be isolated or vulnerable living in our community. Several activities and projects are run from St John & St James Church and Community Centre as well as outreach work thus bringing the community together.
Their aim is to provide encourage community cohesion and bring benefits to individuals and the wider community.
Three main areas of focus are:
- Developing work with Older people
- Community cohesion
- Developing work with children and families
The Orrell Trust is currently managed by a team of 8 Trustees who volunteer their time, skills and knowledge to support the charity. The trust also employs 5 members of staff who manage, develop and deliver projects with the vital support of team of 20 volunteers.
Bootle Buddies is one of The Orrell Trusts newest projects. It is a free befriending service that provides support to local people in their own homes, offering a friendly face and ear. The project where possible encourages participants to attend social activities, working to reduce barriers such as mobility, lack of family or friend support and lack of confidence or motivation. The project aims to improve physical and mental well-being and reduce loneliness and social isolation for some of our most vulnerable community members.
If you would like to know more about Bootle Buddies or any other projects at the Orrell Trust please get in touch with Tanya McGibbon – 0151 933 2116
Bootle Buddies are also looking for local people to become a volunteer befriender to socially isolated people living in the community. You don’t need any previous experience as full training will be provided. For more information please call Mary – 0151 933 2116