In states of distress, both Mrs V and Mrs L had been referred to a wellbeing coordinator. Both felt lonely and isolated, without friends or a social support network. In particular, Mrs V had anxiety and depression, and Mrs L had difficult personal circumstances with low overall wellbeing. The coordinator referred both to CVOA’s Ladies Sheds Project. Also she referred them to a free five week course called ‘All About Me’ which helps people with issues like stress, anxiety and poor diet.
At the Ladies Sheds Project, the two women met and got on like a house on fire. They enjoyed tea together at the café where All About Me was running, and spoke enthusiastically about the course to the coordinator. Since the coordinator first met them, there had been a remarkable improvement in their overall demeanour and positivity. They continued with the course, and went on a daytrip to Cardiff to celebrate Mrs V’s birthday as their friendship developed.
The coordinator informed the All About Me group of a ‘speed chatting’ event at a local café. It was a joint venture between the coordinator and the café to combat isolation and loneliness by getting people to meet up outside. Mrs V and Mrs L went along. The group has now become a regular gathering of 10 ladies who meet for tea and peer support.
Since then, the coordinator has referred the ladies to Hapi. This group organises free events and activities for community members, and in December 2019, the girls went on a four week Christmas craft course as well as a Christmas lunch. In January, they went on a four week clay making course, and they plan to attend other classes too. When Mrs V became unwell, Mrs L accompanied her to the hospital and stayed with her throughout her ordeal. Then she provided practical and emotional support with her illness following discharge, which shows the value of the friendship created.
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Our team of Wellbeing Coordinators works throughout RCT. If you need non-medical support for any social, emotional or practical challenge, please contact the Wellbeing Team.