Could you help to reduce loneliness?

The Royal Voluntary Service is currently developing a volunteer-led initiative across West Somerset and Taunton to help reduce isolation and loneliness within older people. The project – known as Community Companions – primary focus is to recruit and train small teams of volunteers to provide companion support to the most isolated within their own communities. The more local the focus the better. R V S provides all the background support, DBS’s, safeguarding, insurance and training services for the volunteers to facilitate such activity to happen safely.

They are currently looking to promote the project throughout West Somerset and Taunton. The aim would be to attract volunteers to join the project and establish a local support network that can then reach out to help the most isolated.

For further information please read the  Community Companions Guide

Engagement on community health and care services

Have your say about providing care closer to home in Somerset

Health and care services in Somerset are running an engagement programme to gather feedback from local people about providing care closer to home.

Health and care services in Somerset aim to support people to live independent, healthier lives by having the right services in the right place for their needs, available at the right time and delivered by the right people. The engagement programme runs until 12 April 2020. 

Everyone who lives and works in Somerset is invited to join in, think about and help shape a new way of providing services which is, where practical, closer to where they live, supports independence and maintains health. Everyone’s input, ideas and suggestions are vital to helping them make sure that we have the right services in the right place.

The engagement document shares with everyone the reasons why current services need to change and the challenges faced in continuing to run them.

Using all the feedback received, a number of ways that health and care services could be delivered differently will be developed. There will be public consultation about these potential options in the future.

Health and care services would like to know what you think about their ideas so far and get your feedback. You can read the full engagement document on their website at www.fitformyfuture.org.uk or contact them by email somccg.fitformyfuture@nhs.net or telephone 01935 384119.