Community Connectors Programme Co-ordinator
First, we’d like to say a huge welcome and thank you to those who have shown an interest in our service, plus a big welcome back to those who already know us well.
For the last 18 months, Community Connectors has been working tirelessly with people in Glasgow aged 60+ to get to the heart of what matters to them as individuals – so that we can help them connect to the kinds of supports and services that really make a difference in their lives.
We’ve travelled a long road to get to where we are today and have loved every minute of it. There isn’t a week goes by that we don’t hear something heart-warming about the positive impacts we can make, or learn something new about ourselves as a service.
We think now is the time to start sharing what we know and what better place in this day and age than social media? We want our Facebook page to be a platform to promote our service and the great stories we have to share – but more than that; we want it to be somewhere we can shine a spotlight on some of the phenomenal work being done across the city to help tackle the issues facing older people today. Whether that’s mental health and wellbeing or social isolation and loneliness, we couldn’t do what we do as a service without an invaluable support network of others out there doing what they do.
Over the coming weeks, we’ll be reaching out to organisations city-wide and, while some of you may not think of yourselves as a service specifically for “older people”, the one thing you all have in common is that – at one time or another – you’ve made a difference in the lives or one of our clients. The older population in Glasgow is becoming more and more diverse, and there’s no end to the breadth and variety of services they’re interested in. We’re really curious to know more about what you all have to offer.
For those of you who may not have heard of us, let’s cover a bit about what we do:
As we’ve already said, we connect older people to services – but what does that really mean in practice?
It means that we spend time getting to know our clients, understanding what matters to them and trying to establish what’s working in their life and what they want to achieve – their “best hopes” as we call it.
Once we understand those things, we help them access the services and support needed to reach their goals. For some, this is as simple as some new social connections but for others, those who may be facing challenges or crisis, that outcome might be the final step in a journey. For those who need the extra support, we work together to create a plan to help them take them next steps – including tailored lifestyle management plans.
Sometimes confidence is a real problem for those who may have experienced a decline in health – or a long time without social interaction – so we can provide volunteer buddies to accompany older people and help re-establish their confidence.
Recognising that older people are assets within their communities, with a lifetime of skills and experience to share, we also provide support to link older people with volunteering opportunities – to help them find the role that’s right for them.
We’ve achieved some great successes for the people we’ve worked with and through our new social media pages, we’d love the opportunity to share those successes with you, as well as get to know more about your own work.
Give our pages a like/follow and let’s keep in touch – find us here on Facebook!