Connecting people of County Durham

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Connecting people of County Durham

Connecting people of County Durham

Stronger Together By Stronger Together

We run activity groups for socially isolated people to come together and make connections over a simple activity. We are looking to fund a group for 6 months.

Cornsay Colliery Idea stage

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Stronger Together is a new, small, local, registered charity, established with the purpose of helping those who are socially isolated or at risk of becoming so. This could be anyone and includes carers, people living with dementia, people living through a major life event or people in ill health, physical or mental. Founded and run by 3 experienced practitioners, and supported by wonderful volunteers, we are a nonprofit charity. We are all experienced in working with people living with dementia and their carers, as well as other mental health issues, physical issues, and other risk factors for social isolation. We firmly believe that a cup of tea and an activity can bring people together in a relaxed, friendly, supportive environment. Activities will be based around group members’ preferences and will vary, but may include cooking, gardening, art and craft, reminiscence and singing or music. We make a mean apple crumble and connections made can last way beyond our group setting.

What we'll deliver:

  • Run one weekly group for 6 months
  • Connect approx 20 people to others in similar situations
  • Signpost approx 20 people to other appropriate services for further support

Why it's a great idea:

Social connections improve quality of life. One study showed that social connection is a greater determinant to health than obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. Having close ties to friends and family, and participating in meaningful social activities has been shown to help people maintain their thinking skills better in later life and slow down cognitive decline. People who feel more connected to others have lower levels of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, greater empathy for others, are more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. In other words, social connectedness generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being. Our sessions offer social connections in a small group setting, offering security for those who do not feel able to join larger groups.

Steps to get it done:

  • First group successfully delivered

Location Cornsay Colliery

About the space

County Durham

Council

Durham County Council

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