Our third week at Linksview was very interesting, we are learning more and more each week about people’s situations, wants and needs in the local community. The types of conversations we are having with people are mainly based around loneliness, feeling isolated and people’s health suffering because of their current situation. We have received a phone call from a lady this week, who saw our poster and called us to see if we could help her get in touch with her Bank, as she had no phone number, we helped her out and she was very grateful. This is one example of how we can support people who need help with something which to most of us, is really simple, but to her was worrying and she felt helpless and therefore needed someone to help her. I am so glad that we could help as I would hate to be in that situation myself but this raises the question of accessing I.T. which is another “Include Me” topic of the disadvantages of not being connected to the Web and how to use it.
We have received telephone calls from several people who are concerned about relatives or close friends living on their own and how they are feeling trapped inside their own homes, which is somewhat difficult for most of us to comprehend. There is also a serious problem of people, who although they maybe ageing and have mobility difficulties, have a very active mind. This is one of the reasons why we have not started any events to date, we could organise something but some people may not find those events of any interest to them. As a true Community Interest Company, we are attempting to get people to tell us what they would like to see, rather than assuming that what we select would be of interest to everyone.
We are starting our second group on Thursday, 17th October 2013 from 10.00am to 1.00pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Earp Street, Garston, Liverpool. This will also be a weekly group and will be in St. Francis of Assisi meeting rooms at the back of St. Francis Church. The Parish Priest, Fr. Andrew is keen to support this new venture and we are hoping for a good turnout next week. It will be interesting being at St. Francis, as we have talked to a number of people who have expressed an interest for a group like ours to be available in the area.
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