Combatting loneliness and isolation in our community

The challenge...

There are 1.2m chronically lonely people in England, and many more across the rest of the UK, making this a major issue that is now recognised in society today.

Over one million older people over the age of 65+ in the UK say they are always or often lonely.

Loneliness can lead to greater reliance on health and social care services and studies suggest that people with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Source: AgeUK, 2018

Our aim is to prevent isolation and loneliness by providing companionship, advice, support and services which enable older people in our community, to live the lives they wish to live

At Rotherfield St Martin...

RSM member in an aeroplane

We believe that age is just a number and that older age should be celebrated

RSM member painting

We provide innovative, community-led activities enabling older people to lead active and fulfilled lives

Jo Evans with an RSM member

We take time to get to know members of our community so that we can offer targetted support

Holding hands

We provide a community hub where people can drop in for support, advice, or just talk

We are always at the end of the phone

Learning to knit

And it’s not just about older people in our community. Through intergenerational work we bring young and old together to transform lives

Since 2004, RSM in numbers...

cakes made
cups of tea made
social & medical drives
social interactions

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Important message


UPDATE 05/01/2021:

RSM is open as usual (albeit with our team working at different locations) and we will be making regular friendship calls to our members to combat total isolation.

During the Lockdown 3 our fantastic team of RSM Parish Pals are back offering support to all members of our community.

 Endorsed by Rotherfield Parish Council and supported by skilled volunteers, RSM Parish Pals has been established so that anyone in our community knows how to safely ask and receive help and volunteer.

This time around we will have specific teams delivering prescriptions from St Denys Pharmacy so any requests should come through the RSM office please.

Emergency food parcels can be requested in confidence for those in need. Phone RSM on 01892 853021 to arrange delivery.

For more information or to download the Parish Pals app, please see our dedicated page:
Parish Pals

You can join the Parish Pals Facebook private group page here – you will need to confirm you are a resident.

Many thanks, RSM