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Coming Out of Lockdown
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Taking steps towards living well
A Renewal and Recovery Programme 2021-2024 structured around the Five Ways to Wellbeing
Covid-19 pandemic has hit very hard our local communities and in particular our charity’s target groups – socially isolated older people 60 years+ living alone on low income from highly diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Over the last year such marginalised groups have been at high risk of becoming even more lonely and disadvantaged as a result of prolonged self-isolation and the consequences of contracting the virus. The Government set out a timetable for gradual relaxation of lockdown restrictions with key stages and conditions during 2021. We must ensure that our most isolated and marginalised older people are not left behind whilst the rest of society returns to a new near normal world.
As a result, we brought in a phased expansion to our services and activities taking full advantage of when and as lockdown restrictions were eased and as we re-opened our Centre in Cumberland Market We expanded our outreach work so we could reach out into the wider community engaging with as many older people from the high risk categories as possible drawing upon the knowledge and resources from our established local networks of delivery and supporting partner organisations. Adopting a holistic approach to tackle social, health and economic inequalities is not new to our charity but structuring it around the Five Ways of Wellbeing is and will enable us to develop a greater focus and clarity around our overarching and most important outcome- older peoples wellbeing- that is about feeling good and functioning well. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over your life and having a sense of purpose are all important elements of wellbeing.