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Good Friends Project to Launch in North Yorkshire

Posted on Wednesday, 17 October 2018 8:24 am | Category: General News After award-winning success in Darlington, Good Friends is now available in selected areas of North Yorkshire. Find out more and how you can get involved...

Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington in partnership with Age UK North Craven are pleased to be announcing the launch of the award-winning Good Friends project into North Yorkshire. Now available in the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Craven areas of the county, this project aims to match together people within the community to tackle the growing problems of loneliness and isolation amongst older people.

Based on a project that has successfully run in Darlington since, the Good Friends program has to date matched over 800 local residents and has provided support for over 500 older and vulnerable people in need within Darlington communities, receiving national recognition in 2015 when it received the LGC award for best Health and Social Care project.

The project works by matching together people self-referred or referred into the service with a volunteer “Good Friend” based on their needs and interests who can help with a range of issues. Complimenting services provided by local authorities, the NHS and other third sector organisations, Good Friends aims to promote community cohesion by encouraging people in the community to keep an eye on their most vulnerable neighbours.

You can sign up to be a “Good Friend” on the Good Friends website from Monday 15th October and referrals into the scheme will be available from the beginning of November. Visit the Good Friends website to find out more and to read how Good Friends has improved people’s lives in Darlington.

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