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The community connector service so far

The Community Connector service has been well received in Ilfracombe and so far Miriam has helped over 100 people with 149 separate issues since the service was launched in February this year.


Residents have seen the Community Connector with a wide range of problems, ranging from setting up care packages, dealing with depression, social isolation problems, help to stay living at home, caring support, dementia, quitting smoking/drinking/drugs, education, debt problems and benefits advice.


Social isolation is still one of the prominent issues in Ilfracombe with nearly 60% of people seen stating that they are not involved in any social activities or have any contact with friends/family. This reduced to 39% after receiving signposting from the Community Connector and will further reduce when the Lantern as a community hub is up and running.


Working with Anne Garside from the AgeWell Drinkwise project, who are funding new social groups to help with social isolation, Miriam has been able to identify some areas that needed their support – such as the continuation of the ‘free’ open art course at Two Lanes and a free  IT workshop to help people understand how to do on-line shopping, set up a Facebook Account and use emails.


The new ‘open art’ course which started last week, will run every Tuesday at 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Two Lanes, Beldevere Road and the IT workshop will run at the Ilfracombe Centre, 44 High Street on Friday 6th November 10am – 12.00pm. Both courses are available to people aged 50yrs or over. If you are interested in joining please ring Anne on 07590 776040.


To make an appointment with the Community Connector, call Miriam on 01271 855316 or email: miriam.turner@northdevon.gov.uk

Miriam Turner
Miriam Turner