The ‘Up for a Chat’ Campaign is now closed, but here’s what it was all about:
Nearly one hundred individual volunteers and sixty plus organisations and businesses across South and East Staffordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands got out and about earlier this year and did something really worthwhile: they all signed up for our ‘Up for a Chat?’ campaign.
Every morning in Staffordshire many older people wake up knowing they are unlikely to speak to a soul all day. Living alone is their daily routine. Opportunities to get out, to talk, and to laugh may be hard to come by for many reasons.
Besides the possibility of mental distress, lack of confidence and risk of depression, isolation has bad effects on physical health too. The immune system weakens opening the door to many illnesses, and hours of sitting with little motivation can stiffen joints.
Formal services can only go so far to tackle this issue. Its real cure lies on a far more personal level, deep within our communities where real friendships and trusted contacts are made.
So our local ‘Up for a Chat?’ volunteers set out to make a very personal difference. Over the campaign period they made themselves available to simply chat to any older person who wanted to. Each and every chat they had potentially made a real difference to someone’s life.
So, for everyone who’ve gave up their time, ‘thank you’.
We got everyone talking!