Just Good Friends

Just Good Friends

At a glance

Causes

  • Older people / later life

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

JGF’s mission is to ensure that the life-limiting mental/emotional and physical health consequences of leading a lonely, isolated and solitary life are eradicated within the Fylde area. 

Activities

JGF’s mission is to ensure that the life-limiting mental/emotional and physical health consequences of leading a lonely, isolated and solitary life are eradicated within the Fylde area. We provide a supportive/caring environment for individuals to begin to rebuild their lives by reconnecting/re-engaging with people, their surroundings and the community as a whole. We deliver the following:

 

  • Wellbeing Support – we provide 7-day a week support service for our most vulnerable members. Some members are alone and need our support because they are dealing with a life-limiting condition, are recovering from a recent illness, or are at risk of becoming seriously mentally ill if left to their own devices. Other members are caring for a loved one through the challenges associated with the early stages of the onset of a degenerative disease, meaning that they and their immediate family need support. Wellbeing Support helps these members to get by and feel cared for on a day-to-day basis. We simplify their lives by helping them to navigate the minefield of statutory services and in the process we ensure they see health professionals and other services/organisations who can help. We also monitor them in a safeguarding capacity so we can step in and help if needed to do so. Members are referred to us by partners and some people self-refer
  • Social Activities/Events – we host a weekly programme of social activities, events and meet- ups ranging from a simple chat and coffee to Sunday lunch, music & dance, keep fit, bingo, speakers, art provision, short break holidays, events and a variety of other social occasions
  • Peer Support – we ‘buddy’ JGF members so they can provide mutual support at weekly meetings by sharing similar life-changing experiences of bereavement, mental/emotional and physical health issues and personal crisis.
  • Advice, Guidance, Advocacy & Referral – helping our members to have a better understanding of issues that affect them, for example how to access additional professional mental health support, administer self-care, improve mobility, to understand their rights/entitlements as well as more simple issues such as how to get a smoke alarm fitted.

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