The Borough Council has further extended its Reach Rushcliffe fund, which is dedicated to supporting projects across the Borough that tackle loneliness and isolation.
Being connected with other people matters for everyone’s health and COVID-19 has further highlighted how social isolation can be bad for our mental and physical health.
Isolation is fast becoming one of the greatest national social challenges of our time. Whilst often associated with older people who live on their own, it can affect anyone of any age. Social isolation has close links to issues such as obesity and smoking, as well as potentially increasing the risk of dementia.
Projects looking to secure Reach Rushcliffe funding should aim to take steps to make contact with and engage individuals or groups in our communities who may have little or no social contact.
This could be initiatives based around a structured befriending initiative to check on individuals, lunch clubs, or safe regular social meet-up events in line with Government advice or other projects.
To find out more, please visit http://rushcliffe.gov.uk/health/reachrushcliffe/.