Community Connector Scheme
Did you wake up today and think “more of the same” and wish something different and interesting could happen in your life?
Has one of life’s many challenges been thrown at you recently, and you are not quite sure where to turn for advice and information?
Have you received professional advice to take greater care of your health and wellbeing, to be more active, physically or socially?
Have you recently moved to the area or just find yourself alone because of bereavement, separation or your children growing up?
Then the Community Connector Scheme could be for you!
What does the scheme offer?
The Community Connector Scheme aims to do just what it says! It will support you to connect with:
- social activities, clubs and groups and like-minded individuals in this community
- the right advice and information for your local situation
The Scheme does this by offering a private face to face discussion with a “Community Connector” to explore what matters to you and NOT ‘What is the matter with you?’
Together with the Community Connector over up to four appointments, you will build your own personal action plan around what is important to you and be supported to put this plan into action.
This may include access to:
- Debt, benefits, housing advice
- Health and fitness groups, such as walking, cycling and dance
- Peer support groups, arts, culture and history groups
- Local volunteering opportunities
When and how can I see a Community Connector?
The Community Connector operates an appointment system to ensure you have personal time to explore what is important to you, to develop an action plan and review it over the next sessions.
An appointment can be made by calling: 01473 835445
The Community Connector has a mobile “office”, which parks up in your locality and provides a private space to have your conversation. Where it is not possible to get to the bus, it may be possible to arrange a lift to help get you there or alternatively, you may be able to have a home visit. Why not come along to the bus to find out more, talk to the team and make an appointment with the Community Connector for a future date?
An up to date list of dates and locations can be found at: www.suffolkfamilycarers.org/communityconnector
What else is going on?
You don’t have to have a personal appointment with the Community Connector. You can simply turn up at the bus and have a chat, or get involved in some of the other activities and sessions that will be on offer. There will be opportunities to meet with other people working in your community, either offering advice, ideas, or new activities.
What are the benefits of getting involved with the Community Connector Scheme?
- Improved mental health and wellbeing
- Meeting new people and developing new friendships
- Feeling healthier and fitter
- Learning new skills
- Opportunities for volunteering and employment
How much will this cost me?
The Community Connector Support Scheme is free; however, some of the groups and clubs that you might like to get involved in may have a small charge. This can be discussed at your meeting with the Community Connector.