Loneliness & Isolation
Living in the countryside has many benefits, but rural isolation and loneliness are a growing concern within Northern Ireland as feeling isolated and alone can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Rural Support are breaking down the barriers of isolation and promoting connectivity through the initiatives outlined below.
Across the Hedgerow – Offered in collaboration with the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) to provide older, vulnerable and/or isolated members of the farming community with listening support and companionship via telephone calls. The programme is focused on reducing loneliness and improving mental and emotional wellbeing. There is a team of Rural Support and YFCU volunteers ready and willing to be matched to clients who can either self-refer to the service via our support line 0800 138 1678 or be referred by third parties with the verbal permission of the client.
Plough On – Aims to tackle rural isolation and increase social opportunities for older farmers across Northern Ireland. The Plough On project provides a tangible and practical way to support those older farmers and aims to bring them together with like-minded people, helping them to develop new networks and knowledge. The focus will be on improving health and wellbeing through social inclusion, encouraging individuals to get and stay well both physically and emotionally. Project groups will be established in rural communities throughout Northern Ireland and each group will have the opportunity to get involved with the design and delivery of activities that they want.
If you would more information on these programmes or to sign up to them, please call our office on 028 8676 0040 and speak with a member of staff today.