ROC Care Rathcoole: a befriending scheme providing a befriender volunteer to visit or phone an isolated older person living in the Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey. Social isolation is a rising isolation in our communities affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Older people are most profoundly affected with ‘1 in 3 older people saying TV is their main form of company’ (AGE UK). Loneliness is found to be as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. The conversation and company of a befriender improves health and wellbeing for our clients.
The project is run in partnership with Newtownabbey Methodist Mission and is part funded by Rathcoole Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership and Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council