Because you’re worth it! A St Albans project to support older residents
A St Albans CVS run project called ‘Because you are worth it’ invites older residents, particularly those who are isolated or financially disadvantaged, to attend one of five free community lunches being held around the district.
Attendees watch a film about the many free services and items available to help them stay independent in their own home and hear talks from Age UK, HCC’s Herts Healthy Homes service, the CAB and other support agencies.
They get to enjoy a free two course meal from Hertfordshire Independent Living Service (HILS - formerly Meals on Wheels), enter a free raffle and get a free goodybag with useful treats and a mug with the contact number for Herts Help and the St Albans Old People’s Trust, which they are encouraged to call to get further support.
Those taking part are asked individually by one of the project volunteers what would improve their life. The volunteers then try to help address these requests through onward referral to another voluntary group or with a grant from St Albans Old People’s Trust.
Everyone receives an instant polaroid picture of themselves to remind them that they are worth it!
So far the project has actioned many requests for help, including transport to hospital, heating costs, boiler servicing, introduction to a lunch club, decorating tasks and installation of grab rails.
Feedback from the 65 people who attended the first two lunches was very positive. They were surprised by the range of free help available and the goodwill towards them from HCC and the voluntary groups. Some were also surprised that by asking for help it didn’t mean they would be seen as incapable of continuing to live independently.
If an older person is unable or unwilling to come to a lunch, a home visit to discuss their ‘wish list’ can be arranged in the St Albans District.
The next lunches are:
18 January: London Colney
10 February: St Albans
13 February: Harpenden
To refer someone to the project contact Nikki Casey on 01727 814644. Booking is essential.