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andrea
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Hi Belinda, the focus of One Ilfracombe’s Health & Wellbeing theme is reducing social isolation in the elderly. I can say from experience you’ve picked a worthy but very tricky focus area. Our other themes were able to identify and engage with their target audiences quite quickly, whereas socially isolated older people are quite difficult to find.
We started off by devising a Happiness Survey which was all about what would make Ilfracombe a better place to grow older in and what would make people feel less lonely. The results of this informed some projects we started such as Connect Online which has young volunteers from our local Academy teaching older people how to get online. Our oldest student is now posting on Facebook!