Friends In St Helier
Friends In St Helier
Isolation, leads to depression leads to hospital admissions. We aim to combat this for 160+ vulnerable local residents over the age of 50, with the provision of subsidised transport to encourage those who are lonely, isolated and vulnerable to attend a warm and welcoming group which provides an opportunity to make a local network of contacts, share local knowledge and help each other remain fit and active both physically and mentally. Local volunteers boost community cohesion.
Friends in St Helier (F. I. S. H. ) is a charity whose aim is to increase the well-being and reduce the isolation of the over 50’s living in the London Borough of Merton.
Loneliness is proven to be as deadly as diabetes and a poor social network can drastically increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. So we provide various safe and welcoming local weekly drop in sessions for around 160+ vulnerable residents over the age of 50, to encompass all the locally represented ethnic and religious diversity, enabling the socially isolated to make friends and therefore expand their connections within the local community. These sessions consist of an emphasis on health and well-being, with social events and activities, support and advocacy services.
F. I. S. H. Arranges subsidised transport for those unable to make their own way to the centres. Provides a nutritious two course meal, or afternoon tea, to enable the isolated to eat socially. Offers mental and physical stimulation to suit their capabilities, in the form of games, quizzes and gentle exercises. Runs informative talks with relevant information. Provides interesting speakers from the local community. Encourages members to participate in monthly day trips to local attractions thereby supporting their local community, with an annual day trip to the coast and a shopping trip at Christmas.
Local volunteers from all age groups are encouraged to boost community cohesion and improve their own confidence and social skills
Friends In St Helier aims to:
- To provide a ‘Social and information Hub for the over 50’s’, with subsidised transport, to encourage those who are isolated and vulnerable to socialise, share local knowledge and remain active.
Established: January 2010
Registered Charity Number: 1133500
Board members: 9
Part time staff: 2
Phone number: 07538532054
Address: St George's Church Hall, Morden, Surrey SM4 5RJView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website