Community Spirit was initially set up with the aim of providing affordable holistic treatments to people with physical or mental health conditions who would benefit from regular treatments. Another of our aims was to set up peer support groups to create support networks, not only for those with health conditions but also for their family members, carers and friends. Whilst we still aim to do this by providing low cost support, we also help people to improve their health and wellbeing, increase social interaction and tackle loneliness all of which are our key values. We do this by peer support, caring, understanding, enthusiasm and compassion. Everyone will always be made to feel welcome and we can offer extra support to anyone that needs help to take the first step of joining in. We have developed a project aimed at addressing social isolation and loneliness, a hidden crisis in society today. We called this project Community Friends, “As young or old, loneliness does not discriminate” Jo Cox, Commission on Loneliness. Isolation is increasingly common amongst older people, younger people, people with disabilities, new or lone parents, bereaved, refugees and carers. We are working at a grass roots level providing accessible services, local activities that meet people’s interests. All done by listening to the people who are informing us of what they want and helping to shape our service.
We rely massively on volunteers to support our work and we couldn’t do what we do without the support, commitment, ideas and kindness of our volunteers.
If you would like to get involved and can offer even one hour per week we have roles to suit everyone, from group co-ordinators, greeters, leaflet distributors to event staff. Experience is not necessary, your personality and outlook on life are more important. In return for their time we offer training in food hygiene, first aid, safeguarding and any other areas of interest.
What we do
We carry out a number of projects regularly and we have many more ideas that we want to work on in the future.
Where We Are
We try to use a variety of community venues in order to be accessible to as many people as possible. We are currently using:
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We are always looking for more suitable venues where we can host activities and events.