The power of community connections
Leicester Ageing Together’s Community Connectors work in neighbourhoods supporting older people’s empowerment. Anna and Bharti, two LAT Community Connectors attended a national Ageing Better event in Manchester earlier this week, on the power of building community connections.
Participants at the event identified barriers to older people making social connections including poverty, mental health, transport, prejudice and discrimination, confidence and life transitions. These are issues that have been reflected in Leicester Ageing Together’s work in some of the most deprived areas of Leicester – for example through projects addressing food poverty.
“It was great to come together with like-minded people,” enthused Bharti. The importance of being part of a peer support network has been identified as key learning for the Community Connector role, and those involved in social prescribing across the Ageing Better programme.
Community Connectors shared stories of how their work in building relationships can make a difference in overcoming loneliness and social isolation among people aged 50+ and identified key messages from their learning for commissioners of adult social care services and the third sector. “We felt like we were part of a social movement – it felt very powerful,” reflected Bharti.
For more information about the work of Leicester Ageing Together’s Community Connectors project and our work on social prescribing visit https://www.leicesterageingtogether.org.uk/about-us/learning-from-lat/
Leicester Ageing Together (LAT) is part of Ageing Better, a programme set up by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for people aged over 50 to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness.