We are part of the Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) Project which is led by Age UK Bristol and funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of their Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme, using National Lottery funding. Our aim is to reach individuals who feel lonely and isolated and help them reconnect with their community.
We are a small friendly team of experienced professionals who will work with you to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Our therapists help you create goals that are important to you. We provide free one-to-one sessions in the home for those who find it difficult to access therapies elsewhere; this could be due to mobility issues or a lack of confidence.
Sessions with a therapist last up to one and a half hours and will involve an initial assessment and up to five weekly follow up visits.
We use a cognitive behavioural (CBT) approach to work with problems such as:
- Worry and loss of confidence
- Low mood and lack of motivation
- Difficulty building up social contacts with friends and family
- Overcoming barriers to doing more activities
Who is it for?
This service is for people in Bristol aged 50 years and over who are feeling lonely or isolated. There are many life changes that can contribute to a person’s isolation and reasons that can make someone feel lonely. They may have lost contact with friends or family or find it difficult connecting with the community.
The service will run until March 2020. Referrals come from Community Navigators who support us to identify suitable people for the service.
You can be referred if you are:
- Over 50 years old
- Find it difficult to access talking therapies due to physical, cultural, social, or mental health barriers
- Feel lonely or isolated