New Initiative for Adults Suffering Loneliness.

A new project called “Time for Time” has been launched at Thirsk Clock for anyone over the age of 18 years who feels that they are spending too much time on their own with very little to do. The project has been funded by North Yorkshire County Council.

Anyone in this situation is invited to join in with new and stimulating group activities every Wednesday at 10.00a.m. – 1.00 p.m in the Church Hall, St.James’s Green, Thirsk. Those wanting a one-to-one appointment can arrange this between 1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

There is no charge for attending and people can stay for the whole of the session or any part of it. There will be an opportunity to meet new people in a warm and friendly environment, as well as a chance to bring along new ideas and make the project your own.

Activities will include informative presentations and guest speakers, budget and energy saving tips, cheap and easy food recipes, help with hobbies and crafts and working on the allotment, as well as confidential help, advice and guidance.
The work is funded by the County Council’s innovation fund, which is supporting about 40 projects being delivered across the county by voluntary and community partners to address the themes of reducing loneliness and isolation, preventing falls and supporting people to remain in their own homes.

County Councillor Don MacKenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Public Health and Prevention, said: “The Council is using this investment as a key part of its wider drive to help people maintain their independence and to encourage local communities to care for their residents. As an authority, we are all too aware of the effects of loneliness on health and social care and that overcoming isolation represents a major challenge across a rural county with sparse populations.”

For further information contact:Siobhan or Kev at Thirsk Clock tel: 01845 524494.