Young and old supporting each other to tackle loneliness and improve wellbeing

By 9th October 2019 News

Tricuro’s Weymouth Connect have paired up with pupils from Bincombe Valley Primary School and the Wey Valley Academy through an initiative developed by the children’s charity the Youth Sport Trust, which is supported by GPs.

The Youth Sport Trust and its founder, Sir John Beckworth, wanted to create an initiative to tackle loneliness in the two most at-risk age groups and this new project is called Active Across Ages.

22 pupils people attend the centre once a week for musical warm up sessions, walks, target games and Boccia with Weymouth Connect’s clients.  Feedback from both the pupils and our clients has been very positive, and for the older people the biggest observed benefit has been an increase in their overall wellbeing.  It is the only opportunity that many of the clients get to spend time with children and young people and they look forward to spending time with them.

This project has been reported in both the Dorset Echo and on the Wessex FM News page and you can access the features to see further information by clicking on the links below.

https://www.dorsetecho.co.uk/news/17952637.bincombe-valley-school-pupils-help-at-risk-elderly-residents-get-active-beat-loneliness/

https://www.wessexfm.com/news/dorset-news/2963526/gp-surgery-in-weymouth-prescribes-walks-with-young-people/

Weymouth Connect offers a wide range of day and community activities which aim to keep people active, healthy and connected with their local communities, encouraging independence and enabling them to continue to live independently.

For more information about the services and opportunities offered, please telephone Weymouth Connect on 01305 760583 or access Weymouth Connect’s page on our website:   https://www.tricuro.co.uk/day-service/weymouth-connect/

The photographs show a similar project in the Wirral.

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