Creating Connections What is this service? Creating Connections is a new and exciting prevention service for those aged 65 and over. It aims to reduce loneliness and isolation in Worthing through companionship, shared interests, and community participation. It is hoped, that by reducing social isolation and loneliness, we can contribute to supporting people to remain living independently, for as long as possible. The service provides a volunteer led range of Worthing based opportunities and activities codesigned by people aged 65+ for people aged 65+. Specifically, it includes: One-to-one befriending and companionship via the phone, in the community, or in people’s homes. Weekly face-to-face group activities, such as seated exercise, music, photography, quizzes, and book clubs. Monthly social events, including Sunday lunch and Saturday Social events at the Bradbury Wellbeing Centre. Virtual Friendship Club, which is a range of online activities accessible from home. We are providing a three-month programme of taster sessions from July to September 2021. This new service replaces our Friendship Club. People who used our Friendship Club or the RVS Befriending Service have the opportunity to transfer to Creating Connections. This service is made possible by funding from West Sussex County Council. If you would like to register your interest, please contact our Customer Service Team. You can email [email protected] or call 01903 327327. Coming soon... Sunday Lunch Club Seated Exercise with PE Pete Customer Voice group Connect Club Supported cycling Club Get Creative Club One-to-one befriending support More to be added soon! Want to volunteer? There are three types of volunteers that will be needed for this service. One-to-One Befrienders: Helping the service’s members connect with others through weekly telephone contact or companionship visits. Meet and Greeters: Welcoming people taking part in group activity sessions, including serving refreshments and keeping an attendance register. Small Group Leaders: Co-ordinating an activity session and enabling people to feel at home and engage with their chosen activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator via our online form.