Harrogate charity supports Mental Health Awareness Week

Harrogate charity supports Mental Health Awareness Week

Published at 10:43am 13th May 2019. (Updated at 10:44am 13th May 2019)

A Harrogate charity, which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation experienced by older people, is raising awareness to mark Mental Health Awareness Week. 

  • Supporting Older People currently works with 200 people in Harrogate and Knaresborough 
  • It runs a home visiting scheme as well as a number of activities 
  • At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, it's calling for more volunteers 

Supporting Older People helps people in Harrogate and Knaresborough. 

It runs a home visiting service, which sees older people paired up with a volunteer. 

The charity also runs a series of activities and groups to help older people feel less lonely and isolated.  

It currently supports around 200 older people through the home visiting scheme but has around 20 people on its waiting list. 

At the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, it's calling for more volunteers. 

The charity's director, Kate Regatta said: 

"If you haven't seen anybody for a couple of weeks, just imagine it. It can really impact on your mental health but also your physical health. 

"Being lonely has the same impact of smoking 15 cigarettes a day on your physical health. 

"So our work keeps people well and active and prevents hospital admissions."

Home Visiting Scheme and Activities Manager Julia Lightfoot said:

"Our home visiting scheme is absolutely amazing. 

"It's a two way thing, the volunteer gets as much out of it as our clients do. 

"It just helps alleviate that week alone."

The charity says anyone over the age of 16 can volunteer, and they only need to have an hour a week to spare. 

For more information about the charity visit supportingolderpeople.org.uk

If you're interested in volunteering call 01423 531490 or email kate@supportingolderpeople.org.uk 

 

 

 

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