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UPDATE 16 MARCH 2020
BeConnected – all events cancelled until further notice
Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, SARH’s award-winning BeConnected community project is being temporarily suspended. This means that all BeConnected events and activities are cancelled until further notice.
We are sorry for any inconvenience that this decision may cause but we know that you will understand that the health and wellbeing of participants, volunteers and staff is our number one priority. We will, of course, let you know as soon as soon as we are able to resume these important activities.
Many older people feel cut off from society. Even those with busy family and social lives can feel alone sometimes.
BeConnected helps you to connect with others through regular FREE events, such as:
• Arts and Crafts
• Coffee and a Natter
• Exercise Classes
• Days Out to Local Attractions
• Get Online
Maybe you are an older person feeling lonely or isolated, wanting to meet some new people, get out and about or to get some help to access local services. If so, BeConnected could be for you. Why not join us?
The project is run by Stafford and Rural Homes with help from volunteers. If you’re missing the social connections you used to have through work, you could also consider volunteering with us.
We are looking for BeConnected Befrienders to help facilitate events and connect with attendees. Whether you want to develop your skills, CV or simply have a passion and drive for helping others within your community, this role could be for you!
To register your interest please complete the short form below.
More information about the role:
Volunteer with us - register your interest:
Aimed at combatting loneliness, BeConnected has helped to give Staffordshire residents a whole new outlook on life, say friends who met at events held as part of the project.
BeConnected offers ways to connect with others across the Borough of Stafford. The following case studies highlight how we are working with those from more rural areas.
Susan - Susan is a former primary teacher who retired many years ago and lives in a small hamlet outside Stafford. She was referred to BeConnected by a Macmillan nurse. Susan’s cottage is very isolated and sometimes days go by without her speaking to another person. She has no family left and all her friends have passed away. Susan has very poor mobility and the only social activity which she attends takes place weekly at Katharine House Hospice. Susan was very pleased to hear about BeConnected, as she is a sociable lady and would like to make new connections with other people. A BeConnected volunteer will telephone her regularly to check in with Susan between BeConnected events and activities which she is able to attend.
Jack - Jack lives in Hopton and attends almost every BeConnected event. Due to his hearing difficulties, Jack doesn’t interact much with the other customers but has said that he loves attending the events because it gets him out of the house and enables him to have some company, without worrying about the cost. Jack has lived alone since his wife died 20 years ago, seldom sees his family and has very few friends – he still drives but money is tight. One of the male BeConnected volunteers, who is in a similar situation, always makes a special effort to spend some time with Jack.