ESDEG Refugee Elderly Lunch on Club
The aim of this project is to relieve isolation from refugee elders in Southall and nearby neighbourhoods. Families who use our services have told us about the need for this project and participants will come from families and community contacts with isolated elders who have no close family. We organise weekly lunch-time groups at the Southall Resource Centre Southall to build community strength and social relationships. We also provide one-to-one support for elders living alone or in family households, advising them about services and support. We will advise families and service providers about the best ways to support elders.
Between twenty and twenty five elders attend each lunch-time group session and sixty elders will benefit over the years. The project is currently with a small grant from Peoples health trust which pays a part time support worker for ten hours per week, who helps run sessions and does overall case management of clients.
This client group who are mainly isolated and inactive requested to engage in physical activity and also get help in many other issues; including exercises, advice on welfare benefits, healthy eating, transport and so on.
A key aspect of the project is the relief of isolation through bringing people together for social contact and sharing food. This is very important for Somali, African and other refugee communities, in which community support is a foundation of individual well-being.
Elders attend weekly session to socialize with peers and get a hot meal, receive one to one advice on any issues they have or may be referred to other services by the project workers and volunteers.
Exercise classes are arranged from time to time, transport is provided for those with mobility problems.