Support and activity groups for older people living with a sensory loss, to help reduce social isolation.
Living with a sensory loss can be a challenging – and at times lonely – existence. Our social support and activity groups help those feeling isolated to build or renew friendships, share activities, and receive support to help them remain independent.
Our skilled, reliable and caring team deliver these groups in Aberdeen and Moray. They support people aged 65 and over, living with serious sensory loss or impairment, to become more involved in their local community and maintain their social contacts. They organise social and leisure activities to help to build peer support circles, company and friendship. Emotional support and a listening ear can be a lifeline for those living on their own.
Please note we are not currently accepting new referrals for these groups.
1 in 5 people over 75 have a sight loss and 70% of people over 70 have a hearing loss, with a large proportion having both a sight loss and a hearing loss. Adapting to dual sensory loss can feel extremely difficult when compounded by other factors often associated with aging, including decreasing mobility and failing dexterity, while this group is at high risk of social isolation.
The following quotes show the impact of our social support and activity groups on the lives of the people we support:
“I just love coming here. I always have a laugh and you feel wonderful after a visit.”
“The support I got from Social Work and now the groups has enabled me to enjoy life again – it’s everything to me now.”
“To make new friends (company), experiencing entertainment and a variety of fun activities and being with others that understand and share conditions.”