Trapped within 4 walls – and no-one calls

Midweek Visiter - - Age Concern -

‘NO­BODY ever called to see me. “All I had was the tele­vi­sion and four walls to stare at”, says Rose.

“I used to hope that some­one would come and talk with me; just a nice chat; but, af­ter a cou­ple of years, you stop fool­ing your­self and just ac­cept the con­stant quiet”.

“It’s not easy when your fam­ily don’t live nearby and your friends have all died”, says Jack.

“I used to go to the pub to chat to peo­ple, but my legs aren’t up to go­ing out any more.

“I used to like to talk about the foot­ball with my friends. “I miss the ban­ter”. There are too many peo­ple like Jack and Rose who are good, kind and warm but ter­ri­bly lonely peo­ple.

That is why Sefton’s two clin­i­cal com­mis­sion­ing groups (the NHS) give Age Con­cern Liver­pool & Sefton a grant to pro­vide a life­line be­friend­ing ser­vice for lonely, older peo­ple.

They recog­nise that lone­li­ness builds up to kill hope and even­tu­ally kills the body.

Research has shown that it can take years off your life and be as bad for you as smok­ing 15 cig­a­rettes a day. It doesn’t have to be like this. With your help and our sup­port, we can be the vi­tal dif­fer­ence in some­one’s life.

We have vol­un­teers from all over Sefton who visit older peo­ple who are lonely and iso­lated, bring­ing the out­side world into their home; giv­ing them a lit­tle laugh­ter and a friendly face.

It is not just a one-way re­la­tion­ship ei­ther.

Our vol­un­teers tell us that they get lots out of it.

They feel bet­ter about them­selves, they have fun chat­ting to the older per­son they are matched with and they know that their visit is ap­pre­ci­ated and makes a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence.

Age Con­cern Liver­pool & Sefton’s Be­friend­ing and Re-able­ment ser­vice helps lo­cal peo­ple, aged 50-plus, liv­ing in Sefton, by match­ing them up with a vol­un­teer be­frien­der.

Staff mem­bers known as Be­friend­ing & Re-able­ment Of­fi­cers visit those us­ing the ser­vice prior to be­ing matched with a vol­un­teer be­frien­der to en­sure that they know ex­actly the right per­son for each in­di­vid­ual to make a good match. The work­ers are al­ways at the end of a phone, so, if you have any prob­lems or wor­ries, we are here to sup­port you.

If you think you could spare an hour a week to visit some­one who is feel­ing lonely, please con­tact us on 01704 542 993.

Af­ter all, giv­ing a lit­tle time can make a big dif­fer­ence.

As Rose says now: “It has been lovely hav­ing a new friend.

“I have found Sarah to be very kind and help­ful to me – she has be­come a real friend to me; she lis­tens, which is what a lot of peo­ple don’t do”.

Picture: DO­MINIC LIPINSKI (picture posed by model)

Lone­li­ness can be­come an over­whelm­ing and dif­fi­cult is­sue for many peo­ple

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