The Wellbeing for Later Life project supports those aged 55 and over and living in Bedford Borough.
We will do this by:
- Working with local people to find out what they want
- Helping to bring local people together to help support each other
- Making sure people know what other support is out there
- Offering individual support that helps YOU to find out what YOU need to know, to make friends, stay healthy and feel better.
It can, for many, be a time in life where there is much change. This can include retiring from work, health issues or children leaving home.
The project supports people in a number of ways, for example many people will come to a point in their life where they will need to catch public transport. This can be a daunting experience for someone that has not done this alone before. Our one-to-one service can support this goal, and many others. The project will also provide wellbeing sessions whether it be for Relaxation Techniques, Dealing With Anxiety, Dealing With Bereavement or Positive Thinking, just to name a few.
We also deliver wellbeing workshops to organisations, faith leaders and community leaders to provide people with practical tools and techniques to support older people in their community. All wellbeing sessions and workshops can be tailor-made to suit the specific group they are being delivered to.
Without being part of this project and being able to talk and plan forward, I don’t know where I would be right now.
Clare Anderson – 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.