Anyone for Co-Co?

Co-Co stands for Compassionate Communities, a local initiative to tackle loneliness and isolation. The practice is working in partnership with Severn Hospice and has a group of fully trained volunteers to visit people in the Alveley community.

Getting frail or living with a long term illness is not only physically debilitating but can also lead to a person becoming socially isolated.

People can feel lonely in a town or in the country and such loneliness, over time may lead to a crisis in someone's health and well being as they become increasing isolated from those around them.

A Compassionate Community is one in which citizens support frail people and those living with long term illness to remain active members of the community, with the aim of reducing social isolation. The foundation of Co-Co are volunteers who undertake to support someone in their community for just a few hours each week.

It does not involve providing personal care but rather companionship and a willingness to help the person in practical ways to live their lives more fully, for example, visiting the local shops or attending an appointment together, reading the newspaper or playing scrabble, helping them to deal with their post or doing a bit of gardening together- anything the person and their volunteer agree might be helpful.

Volunteers are provided with initial training and on-going support by Severn Hospice.

As such its not a service provided by an organisation but what citezens decide to do for themselves supported by the Hospice and Alveley Medical Practice.

For any further information please contact our Co-Co lead, Heather at the practice on 01746 780553.


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