Today sees the official launch of the South Gloucestershire Community Connectors. This new service is countering social isolation and boosting wellbeing by helping people in South Gloucestershire to re-connect with each other and with what’s going on in their communities.
The free service is provided by housing association Curo and South Gloucestershire Council, linking with GP surgeries, the voluntary sector and local community groups from across the whole district.
The service was launched today at Frome Valley Medical Centre who are helping to refer people to the service.
Harriet Bosnell, Curo Director of Health, Care & Support, said: “This is a fantastic new service for anyone in South Gloucestershire who wants to boost their wellbeing or feels isolated.
“There’s so much going on in villages, towns and communities across the district, and our Community Connectors are here to help people make those all-important connections, whether that’s discovering a new coffee morning, volunteering for a good cause, or joining a local group. We can even help to get something started where there’s a gap.
“We’re working with GPs, health workers and community organisations to spread the word and help people access this new service.”
People can access the Community Connectors service directly by calling 0300 123 2464 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, people can ask to be referred by health or support professionals such as council staff, GPs, community health and voluntary sector partners.
Support available includes:
- Information and guidance over the phone, face-to-face or by email
- Tailored support to help people play a more active role in their communities
- Help to set up groups and activities that benefit their community
- Opportunities to meet new people, learn a new skill or to volunteer
- Sign-posting to local services and agencies.
Pictured, L-R: Cllr Jon Hunt, Vicky Elliott (Frome Valley Medical Centre), Robin Woodward (Curo), Sue Jacques (S Glos Council), Hilary Jay (Curo), Dr Jane Goram (Frome Valley Medical Centre), Claire Rees (S Glos Council), Harriet Bosnell (Curo) and Dr Jon Evans (S Glos Clinical Commissioning Group)