It was a successful evening at the Open Door in Berkhamsted last month as Age UK Dacorum launched their newest initiative to tackle loneliness in the town.
The event, led by David Pearce and Joan Fisher, saw the Mayor of Dacorum, councillor Terry Douris, give his approval and publicly showed support for the newest scheme.
The project ‘Berkhamsted says Hello’ aims to generate positive action by bringing people together to help reduce loneliness and isolation through positive actions.
Loneliness can affect many people of any age and circumstance, for many it is a transitory feeling, but for others it can become chronic and have serious impact on a person’s health and well-being.
Open Door and Age UK Dacorum have teamed up to launch a joint initiative to raise awareness and provide day to day support for residents who may need help on an occasional or a regular basis.
The Yellow badge that reads “HAPPY TO CHAT, BERKHAMSTED SAYS HELLO, CAMPAIGN TO END LONELINESS” are available for residents to wear to let people know they are happy to speak to them.
The Berkhamsted Information Point is part of the project that involves Open Door, it’s a place to seek information and help on health and wellbeing matters, find out about events happening in the area, volunteering opportunities in Berkhamsted and a host of other practical local information.
Badges will be available at a range of businesses in Berkhamsted, to volunteer email firstname.lastname@example.org