Safe and Connected

For further information about the service please contact the Safe and Connected team on 0151 256 2550

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Safe and Connected

Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton have teamed up with the Home Office and Royal Mail to tackle loneliness. 

Our Safe and Connected service offers regular scheduled visits from Royal Mail’s postal workers to pre-selected volunteer participants to check on their wellbeing. Asking a series of questions, postie’s then share this information with Age Concern Liverpool & Sefton so we can take action as appropriate, putting people in touch with someone who can help them, for example, a local community or voluntary service on the ground.

The innovative scheme under the name of Call&Check has been successfully supporting vulnerable people in Jersey since 2013, and now as part of the Government’s first ever loneliness strategy, will be piloted across three regions in the UK including Liverpool.            

Ricky Le Quense, Postman for Jersey Post, comments: “It’s a way of making sure that vulnerable people, people who are lonely, have a friendly face knocking on their door and checking they are ok. We ask them a few questions to make sure they are getting the support they need as well as the interaction with someone they can trust. It’s giving them an extra pair of eyes and knowing that we are providing a caring hand to help them get the support they need.”

Our Safe and Connected service works to link people living in their own homes with support from their family, neighbours and friends, before connecting them with further support from local community voluntary and statutory services.

“Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time”, Theresa May said as she launched the first cross-Government loneliness strategy. Speaking of the new strategy, Theresa May continued, “one of the best ways of tackling loneliness is through simple acts of kindness, from taking a moment to talk to a friend to helping someone in need. This strategy is only the beginning of delivering a long and far reaching social change in our country – but it is a vital first step in a national mission to end loneliness in our lifetimes.”

For further information about the service please contact the Safe and Connected team on 0151 256 2550 or via email at marian.penlington@ageconcernliverpool.org.uk or paul.heaps@ageconcernliverpool.org.uk

 

 

For further information about the service please contact the Safe and Connected team on 0151 256 2550