A Moorlands parish council is to look into supporting residents who are ‘socially isolated.’

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A Moorlands parish council is to look into supporting residents who are ‘socially isolated.’
A debate, which took place at the recent Forsbrook Parish Council meeting, began with a presentation being made by one council member, which included figures focusing on the Forsbrook Parish ward, which has a population of 5,217.
The figures revealed that there are: 303 single pensioner households (14 per cent) and that there had been 56 referrals to Adult Social Care between August 2017 and July 2018 with the average age of referral being 77.
Also 509 residents reported that their day-to-day activities were “limited a lot” (10 per cent); and 278 residents described their health as “bad/very bad” (five per cent).
During the councillors’ debate about how the parish council could help residents with social isolation, ideas put forward included: drawing up a social programme for the area; offering services such as lifts for the elderly; enhanced advertising for events which already take place in the parish including the possibility of a parish council newsletter and; creating a register of people needing such support so that signposting them to different services can be monitored.
The Forsbrook Parish councillors agreed that any action to implement helping such socially isolated people within the parish would now need to be taken after the forthcoming local elections, and therefore the item is set to be on the council’s June meeting agenda.