We are on the look out for volunteers to join our new signposting and support service for older people which is launching in September. Community Navigators Bristol, which we’re running in partnership with other local organisations, aims to help older people in Bristol feel happier, healthier and less lonely by connecting them with their community.
Community Navigators Bristol offers free personal signposting and support for older people who want to do more in their local area. It aims to improve confidence and wellbeing and tackle loneliness through friendly, trained ‘navigators’, who make contact with older people, get to know them and share information on different things that are happening where they live. Whether it’s meeting people, becoming more active, rekindling old hobbies, volunteering or learning something new, the community navigator can point them in the right direction.
If the person needs extra support, the community navigator can come along with them when they try something for the first time. They can also support the older person with any concerns that they have about getting out and about – including safety, transport or money worries – by connecting them with other community and health services to tackle these problems.
The service, which provides short-term support for older people over 50, is completely free. It is available to people in their home or via phone appointments.
How do I become a Community Navigator?
We’re currently looking for volunteers to become Community Navigators. Have a look at the role profile here to see if it’s for you. If you have any more queries about volunteering as a Community Navigator in North Bristol, please call Laura on 0117 9515751 for more details. If you live in Central, East or South Bristol, please call Gemma on 0330 838 2588 (local rate number).
Who’s running the service?
Community Navigators Bristol is funded by Bristol Ageing Better, a programme dedicated to reducing isolation and loneliness among older people in Bristol. It is run by a partnership of trusted local organisations combining their community expertise: Bristol Community Health and North Bristol Advice Centre (lead partners), Ambition Lawrence Weston, Avonmouth Community Centre, Barton Hill Settlement, The Care Forum, Shirehampton Community Action Forum, Southmead Development Trust and Southville Community Development Association.
When will the service be available?