Having a healthy social wellbeing is not just about having a packed social calendar. It is about connecting with your community and having a strong support network and good friends. It is about knowing your neighbours and looking out for each other.
Loneliness and social isolation can have a devastating impact on our health and wellbeing. Most of us will experience loneliness at some point in our lives, and almost all of us could be better connected with our community.
If you are fairly active but just need some direction or a nudge you could try:
The Northamptonshire Sport website (Click here) offers a huge range of activities from extreme sports to gentle walks in the countryside.
Or maybe try First for Well-Being’s Adult Learning service – hundreds of fascinating courses where you can learn a variety of skills and make new friends. (Click here)
Housing Care is a national directory of resources for older people – the following link is to their list of companionship / befriending services in Northamptonshire. (Click here)
At AGE UK Northamptonshire, their goal is to enable older people across the county to love later life. They believe that your later years can be fulfilling years. Whether you are going through tough times or just want to prepare for a good old age, they’re here to help.
The term ‘Carer’ can often be confusing. We use it in terms of someone who provides support for a relative or friend who has a disability, long-term illness or other additional needs. Sometimes the term ‘Carer’ can get missed up for those who work for care agencies and care homes.
Northamptonshire Carers offer support, advise and services for people that care for someone, whether that be a child with learning disabilities, an adult supporting a parent with dementia or a husband caring for his wife who has physical disabilities. Northamptonshire Carers are there to support you.
Northamptonshire County Council
NCC have a number of services available to you to help you get out and socialise with others in your community. These range from different types of groups at the Libraries, to getting involved in your local Country Park.