Date issued: 2 September 2020Colchester Borough Council has joined forces with Age Concern Colchester and several other organisations, including livewell, to launch a scheme to help improve the physical and mental wellbeing of older people who have been shielding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Councillor Mike Lilley, Portfolio Holder for Communities, Wellbeing and Public Safety, said: “I am delighted the council has been able to facilitate this important and timely initiative to help lift the spirits of some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
“Social isolation is a sad fact of life for many older people – and that’s without the added complications and loneliness brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Supporting physical activity is more important than ever to help our older residents make positive changes to their physical and mental health.
“I am certain these packs will be welcomed by everyone who receives them, and I would like to thank the other organisations whose contribution has made this project possible.”
Simon Prestney, CEO of Age Concern Colchester, added: Simon Prestney, CEO of Age Concern Colchester, added: “Many people who we are in contact with still do not leave the house and anything that can break the cycle of loneliness and get people active is definitely worth working on together. It is great to partner with Colchester Borough Council and other organisations on this project, to make life better in later years.”
Age Concern Colchester and Community 360 will be distributing the packs over the coming days.