There is strong evidence indicating that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to us functioning well in the world. Social relationships and feeling ‘connected,’ with others is critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.
This could involve something as simple as setting a regular monthly catch up date with friends or family, calling in on a neighbour once a week for a cup of tea, or becoming more involved and engaged in the community by volunteering or joining a local activity group.
North Lincolnshire offers a range of activities and opportunities to increase social engagement and connectivity ranging from services such as; community hub activities, walking way to health scheme, carers support, befriending services, various volunteer opportunities, community projects such as Men in Sheds and local library services.
Can’t meet up in person? Making use of technology by regularly video calling or messaging can make you feel less isolated and stay safe.
There are lots of free apps and websites you can use such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype and Zoom. These can be done if you have a smart phone, tablet or laptop with a webcam and many network providers are removing data usage restrictions.
Or you can simply pick up the phone and chat to keep in contact.
Walking the way to health
The Walking the Way to Health initiative aims to encourage you to walk in your own community and there are organised walks in destinations throughout North Lincolnshire. All led walks are free and most are no longer than three miles each.
All walks are led and supported by at least two trained walk leaders, one with first aid equipment, and are very welcoming to new attendees.
The scheme is volunteer led, and regular walk leader training takes place to allow for new volunteers to join the scheme and support the community by leading walks.
For further details of the time-tabled guided walks please visit the Walking the Way to Health website or if you have any queries please contact Christine Johnson, Health Walk Coordinator, 07717 586380. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
North Lincolnshire Community Hubs
In the Hubs there are a range of activities and sessions designed to improve health and wellbeing of individuals, such as social wellbeing activities like Knit and Natter, physical activity sessions, health and wellbeing checks, IT support, Adult Education learning opportunities and volunteering opportunities. Community hubs are designed around the Five Ways to Wellbeing core principles.
Further information is available on our Community Hubs webpage.
North Lincolnshire Libraries
Keeping connected via access to information in the local area and wider world in varying formats at your local library. Visit our libraries page for more details. You will be surprised what you can find in the libraries, including set up or join a reading group, research your family history, help to use IT equipment, online resources and much more.
Visit the North Lincolnshire Carers’ Support website for lots of advice, guidance and support for people in a caring role.
Age UK – Befriending Service North Lincolnshire
The Befriending Service is available to people aged 50+ living in East Lindsey, West Lindsey and North Lincolnshire who are at increased risk of loneliness or social isolation. The service may not be suitable for everyone and the service is offered depending on volunteers available in your local area. The aim of the service is to build an individual’s confidence via social contact though the telephone. If you need further information please call 01507 524242.
On-line referral form and further service details on their website: Age UK Lindsey | Befriending Service
Volunteering in North Lincolnshire
You can find out information about volunteering on the volunteering page.
Men in Sheds
Provide community spaces for men and women to connect, converse, create and develop friendships to help reduce loneliness and isolation.
Winterton Shed, is based at: 8 King Street Winterton, Scunthorpe. North Lincolnshire. DN15 9RN. (on the street front near Tesco).
For opening times please call: 01724 786592 or email email@example.com
Find on Facebook: www.facebook.com/wintertonmensshed