Reconnections update May 2016

The Reconnections service has been operating since August 2015, and is now helping over 280 people in Worcestershire to reduce loneliness and to reconnect into their communities. Available to those over 50, Reconnections first works with each individual to understand their specific needs and interests, before helping them work towards a goal – such as joining a local club or activity – in manageable stages. 

Findings from the first few months of the project inform that:

• 57% of people asked often lack companionship
• 44% of people asked often feel isolated from others
• 35% of people asked often feel left out
• Almost 40% of our clients are at the higher end of the loneliness scale/chronically lonely
• The highest percentage of referrals come from the Health and Social Care sector.
• Early results show that Reconnections is helping to reduce people’s loneliness by an average of 1.2 points of the UCLA loneliness scale

Worcestershire County Council’s Tackling Loneliness event at The Hive in Worcester last week was a huge success and Reconnections was praised by Robert Wilson Minister for Civil Society for focusing on reducing loneliness and the costs incurred to the health and social care sector.

Reconnection’s client Alf Clay attended and spoke about his experience of the programme. Alf said “I can’t believe the things I’m doing now. I have to tell people I can’t make Thursday afternoon, I’ve got plans!” He added “I volunteered for years until cancer struck me. Now I’m better, and I want to get volunteering again” He also said “Reconnections are like a family to me.”


Alf Clay and the panel at the Tackling Loneliness event 19th May at the Hive, Worcester

To find out more about the service, visit www.reconnectionsservice.org.uk, email the team at reconnections@ageukhw.org.uk or ageuk.hw@nhs.net or call 01905 740954