Libby Piggott is the Project Coordinator of ‘Reconnecting Twerton’. The project was started in late November 2020 by masters students whose research found that connection and seeing a friendly face is vital. to give support to the local community as loneliness and isolation is a huge issue. ‘Reconnecting Twerton’ is a chance for over 65s in the area to connect with others, either over the phone or through a walk or coffee morning when it’s safe to do so.
The project also provides tablets to those who want them and will be providing tablet training when it’s safe to do so isolated people can connect with their families through more than just a voice on the phone.
If you want to take part, you’d be calling isolated people every week to have a chat and catch up with them. It’s very important for these isolated people to have a friendly voice to talk to as it helps them to feel less alone. Post COVID-19, there will be more walks and coffee mornings. This way, not only will the isolated people be able to connect with each other but they’ll also be able to keep mobile which will help with their independence as they age. Fortunately, ‘Reconnecting Twerton’ has received funding to continue their project.
If you would like to help out or know someone who would benefit from the support then get in touch by calling 01225 423087 or find them on social media.
Words by Lauren Forester