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Support for socially isolated Copeland residents

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NEW support is available to residents who have suffered from loneliness and isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two hundred Copeland residents of all ages will benefit from two hampers each, in March, alongside be-friending and access to data enabled tablets.

The health and wellbeing hamper will be gifted to residents who live on their own and struggle to socialise.

The hamper will include a £50 voucher to help with utility bills, a therapeutic CD, and information relating to support services in their area.

Residents will also receive a craft hamper filled with a mindfulness journal, sewing kits, crosswords and other items to keep them entertained.

Digital devices will be made available for residents’ use, as a way to contact the befriending service and interact with others online. People can also call the befriending service if they do not wish to use a digital device.

The project is being run by Copeland Borough Council in partnership with Copeland Age and Advice Service (CAAS), Home to Work and Skills 4 You, and is funded by Copeland Borough Council, Copeland Community Fund and Cumbria County Council.

Emma Williamson, Social Inclusion and Community Resilience Team Leader, Copeland Borough Council, said: “There are many Copeland residents who have found the last twelve months particularly difficult, being on their own.

“By providing access to resources, activities and support we will help people improve their health and wellbeing, it will reduce isolation and loneliness and increase confidence and self-esteem.

“As we get back to a more normal way of life we hope that people can use these tools and resources to access local services, start integrating back into the community - and go on to live happy, healthy lives.”

Lesley Amor, Finance Director and Customer Support Officer, Copeland Age and Advice Service (CAAS), said: “This vital funding is amazing and will have such a positive outcome for our community.

“Two hundred single, isolated and lonely people will now receive much needed support, positively impacting on their mental and physical health and wellbeing."