The inspiration behind this project came from the need for ongoing Community support that is not heavily reliant on main line funding. This type of funding can cease or be moved to another project. Basically, if a Charity or Support organisation loses there mainline funding that it relies on to provide a service, it is the people that use the service that always suffer. We are aiming to keep building on existing infrastructure and outlets, supporting lonely and vulnerable people.
Why is it Different ?
We are developing a growing support network for. One that utilises existing infrastructures. For example, Café’s Shops, GP Surgeries, Leisure Centres, Libraries, Churches etc.
We can provide training to all key personnel within the venues that are supporting the initiative, on Mental Health First Aid, Suicide Prevention, and Safeguarding. All participating organisations and venues will display a readily identifiable sign in their window, or reception areas to show that not only do they support the idea, but that they are actively supporting the community they work in.
It can give an opportunity to access all organisations and services that support vulnerable people. Each venue becomes part of a Peer to Peer support network that can help individuals across whilst removing some of the reliance on frontline Health Services, reducing stigma, allowing people to talk about their issues in a supportive, safe, environment.
As local support grows, there are increasing opportunities for regular activities including, Art, Pottery, Glass making, and Knitting. Also, Advocacy services and Citizens Advice sessions. We are asking for professionals from all the support services to volunteer and provide a presence 3 hours per month to support and offer advice to people joining the Big Communitea or just to listen to somebody that needs a friendly ear and someone to talk to.
We are not trying to reinvent the wheel, just find the correct vehicle to put it on. If you have any ideas want to get involved or just want to know more about the project please, please get in touch.
Just a smile and a warm welcome can make all the difference to a person’s life.