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

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Important message

 

UPDATE 12/04/2021:

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.

Staff are aiming to move back to work at the RSM Centre in The Institute from Monday 17th May 2021.  At this point we will offer therapies and will be open for members to drop in. We are hoping that we will be able to offer indoor exercise classes and seated pilates also – more to follow.

From 21st June 21, all being well, we will reopen with drop in coffee mornings and then from July other clubs will re-open.  We will keep you informed through our newsletters.

To view further details about our plans for moving out of lockdown, please visit www.rotherfieldstmartin.org.uk/moving-out-of-lockdown/ in the news section of this website.

Many thanks, RSM