Social Isolation is something a person shouldn't ever have to experience, however this is more common than you think. We help setup community groups across the island for those wanting to get out and meet new people.
Info Points are places where LWEH staff are present to offer advice, guidance, and signposting information to members of the community who may need assistance with such things including care, benefits, budgeting, employment and more.
Walk & Talk do exactly as they are named. Go for a walk and get out in nature with others, have a chat and make some friends. Usually finishing at a café for some refreshments.
These are also places similar to Information Points whereby you can drop in to talk face to face with a LWEH staff member. They will advise, guide or signpost to the relevant service, if they cannot directly help.
'C.A.M.E.O' (come and meet each other) groups are friendly places to meet new people. Occasionally they have guest speakers from island organisations. Depending on the venue, there may be games or food and drink available.
We have groups all over the island for people to attend.
Below is an image of where our groups are, however for the full details of where the group is and what group is available, please click the button below for our interactive map. Below we also have directories of any group we are aware of on the island - these are not all run by LW&EH.
Alternatively you can give us a call on 01983 240732 to talk to us about what is available in your area.
This community member was signposted to the service for support in accessing social/community groups following a relationship breakdown and an attempt at ending their life. I listened for some time and heard about their background, their life and got to know them as a person. When the time was right I shared all available group and activity options, offered a warm invitation, as well as a guaranteed welcome from the groups. The community member came along to Walk & Talk, and despite being the youngest member by quite some way, they really settled in and made friends within the group. The group members looked out for him and extended their offer of support. They came back week after week and is a real firm member of the group. Their mental health has improved so much, that they have now secured themselves a job. This does however mean they cannot come to Walk & Talk as often as they would like. This community member has shared many nice anecdotes over the weeks and says that the group has been amazing for him. He is grateful for the group and the support that group has offered.
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