The Wellbeing for Later Life project supports those aged 55 and over and living in Bedford Borough.
This time in life can involve a lot of change, including retiring from work, health issues or children leaving home. It can also be socially isolating and leave people feeling very lonely. The Wellbeing for Later Life project supports people both individually and through community group activities.
By doing this, we aim to:
- Work with local people to find out what they want
- Bring local people together to help support each other
- Work with other organisations, faith leaders and community leaders to provide people with practical tools and techniques to support older people in their community
- Enable people to access the services and support they need
- Offer one-to-one support aimed at meeting individual needs and promoting recovery.
We also deliver wellbeing workshops, which can be tailor-made to suit the specific organisation they are being delivered to.
We currently run community groups in the following places:
- Soup ‘n’ Roll – Shortstown, Bedford – 12.30 – 2.00 pm – every 2nd Monday of the month.
- Soup ‘n’ Roll – Cotton End, Bedford – 12.00 – 1.15 pm, followed by Film Club at 1.30 pm – every 4th Thursday of the month.
- Queens Park Ladies – Queens Park, Bedford – 12.15 – 1.15 pm – weekly on Wednesdays, term time only.
Without being part of this project and being able to talk and plan forward, I don’t know where I would be right now.
Liz Wilde – Project Coordinator
This project is supported by The Harpur Trust.
When I was referred to you, the grief of bereavement following my father’s death, together with other family-related stress and a reorganisation at work, had totally knocked me out. I left work taking voluntary redundancy, which was a good option financially, but left me stuck at home with no routine, no family and hardly any friends in Bedford. The only positive thing I kept doing was exercise which was how I was referred to you at Mind BLMK.
Your cheerful, positive attitude helped from the start. We set some personal targets for myself and my house. So far progress has been very good. I do get distracted sometimes, but having a mentor gets me back on track. I’ve now had a new boiler installed in my house, and I’m volunteering as a Teaching Assistant.
The Wellbeing for Later Life project has provided me with a huge amount of support and has been a major part of my wellbeing journey.