New Doncaster service to help people to find silver lining

Volunteers from Silver Linings (L-R standing): Bridget Gill (operations manager, SYCIL), Maureen Gunning (volunteer SYCIL), Janet Gillott (CVS), Angie Godfrey (volunteer SYCIL), Sue Yeardley (volunteer SYCIL), Lesley Forshaw (volunteer SYCIL)
L-R sitting: Jane Speakman (volunteer SYCIL), Brian Rawson (volunteer SYCIL)

Volunteers from Silver Linings (L-R standing): Bridget Gill (operations manager, SYCIL), Maureen Gunning (volunteer SYCIL), Janet Gillott (CVS), Angie Godfrey (volunteer SYCIL), Sue Yeardley (volunteer SYCIL), Lesley Forshaw (volunteer SYCIL) L-R sitting: Jane Speakman (volunteer SYCIL), Brian Rawson (volunteer SYCIL)

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The South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living has launched a new service called Silver Lining that is specifically designed to reduce the impact of loneliness and social isolation for people across the borough.

The service aims to provide support to anyone feeling isolated or lonely and who has a long-term health condition, and is is split into two parts – Coach and Connect – with volunteers spanning both areas.

Commenting on Silver Lining, Bridget Gill, Operations Manager at the South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living (SYCIL) said: “Being faced with a long-term health condition or disability can be isolating and confusing. Many individuals feel alone and unable to reach out and this can cause a steady decline in physical and mental health and wellbeing – according to the 2011 census there are 16,179 aged 65+ living alone in Doncaster.

 

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