Why did I get involved?
Here are some words from our Linking Lives Co-ordinator Leigh Stephens;
Why I got involved with Sutton Community Works, Linking Lives Scheme. As a gardener most of my clients are elderly people and I was quite often the only person they had seen all week. I visited most of my clients fortnightly so as you can imagine , if I’m the only person they saw that can be very lonely.
It could be quite difficult to get on with the work I was there to do, as really all they wanted to do was pass the time of day and chat about all sorts things, their lives, their work, their views on life. I wanted to do something to help isolated people.
There is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there that can be shared. Any age can get involved, I especially enjoyed watching the spark and interaction with my clients and the young people who used to work with me on occasions.
Many elderly people do have a carer who comes in to wash or tidy for them . But not anyone to spend an hour just talking with them. If they are given that opportunity, it can relieve stress and the stress hormone aggravates health conditions such as high blood pressure. But by meeting with someone once a week it can reduce those health risks and stop them visiting the Doctors surgery. We would love to introduce our link clients to more people , either by using one of the many coffee mornings our churches run, so they meet more than just one person or get them out to a garden centre.
I don’t know about you, but for me just a few days stuck indoors I can’t wait to get out again. Can you imagine if you can’t get out or if you do you seem invisible even whilst shopping as nobody talks to you. It doesn’t have to be like that we can make a difference.