More than 50 people attended the launch of this new initiative in North Berwick, which aims to connect people who may be isolated or lonely to activities in the town.
The Abbey Gospel Choir set the scene with two songs.
Carol Stobie, who runs the project, explained how she was making connections in the community and linking with the GPs on social prescribing.
Dr Morgan Flynn spoke about how we have an amazing number of community organisations and the good work they do, but also explained how feeling isolated, whether caused by bereavement, being in a carer role, retirement, relocation, etc can have a detrimental effect on our health and wellbeing.
Speakers from the Bass Rock cricket club, Upswing (Depression Peer Support) Men’s Shed, Abbey Gospel Choir and Dirleton Good Neighbours explained what they were doing and could do to help.
Post-it notes representing any club, activity or organisation we knew of in the town, were placed on a map of the town.
Small groups then came up with some new ideas for bringing people together – from dog friendly activities, to cooking together, to a ‘Talking Bench’ where people could stop for a chat.
One of the key points raised was – How organisations can work together.
At the end of the evening several people offered help to move the project forward.
All the results will be collated and posted on our website.
People who have volunteered to be Community Connectors will be contacted by Carol about meeting, training and on going support.
Everyone interested in contributing, volunteering, receiving updates or referring potential clients to Carol is welcome to get in touch, even if they missed the launch, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The immediate feedback was that the evening had been full of energy and enthusiasm and that it was a great start to connecting our community.