Toolkit will help isolated people in rural community

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A new project is devloping a ‘toolkit’ to support people at risk of social isolation in rural areas as they get older.

‘My Rural Life’ is funded by Lincolnshire County Council through the Lincolnshire Health and Wellbeing Board and a number of engagement events are planned to get as many people as possible to help shape the project and maximise its impact.

Twelve per cent of the county’s population is living in isolated rural communities. However many people who live in rural areas are at risk of social isolation, where people have no or very little meaningful contact with any other people. This can lead to a variety of long term issues including physical and mental health needs. The impact is likely to be most severe for older people.

The tool would help people understand and make choices about how and where they live, taking into account their changing transport and services needs as they get older.

Sortified CIC, a Bourne-based community social enterprise, has been funded to undertake the ‘My Rural Life’ project. Richard Collins, Sortified’s Creative Director, said: “The tool itself will be available later in the year, but we are asking people who live in rural areas to get involved and help us to design and test the tool. We will be carrying out a series of events across the county from September in a number of areas and we hope that people will be able to join us at these sessions.”

People can also join in online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MyRuralLife.

Events are at Billinghay Village Hall, on October 1, 2-4pm and Folkingham Village Hall, on October 2, 10-12pm