Hour Community – Case Study

Hour Community operates in rural Suffolk providing a range of services tailored to reduce social isolation, loneliness and disadvantage.

No longer able to run their ‘Worry Tree Café’ (a drop in hub to support mental health, including a a dementia lunch club and provision of vital transport via their rural community bus services), the 100 strong volunteer team are now adapting their service and boosting the resources of other local community groups.

In partnership, they are picking up the demand for a vital Meals on Wheels service, partnering with a local hotel to deliver much needed nutritious meals to those vulnerable and isolated in rural areas.

They are also supporting prescription deliveries and shopping needs for those in isolation. With a huge increase in demand for support from the local food bank, they are using their contacts and volunteers to assist in increasing donations and supporting deliveries.

The team are also creating ‘Boredom Boxes’ containing magazines, crafts, films and books to support the physical and mental wellbeing of local people experiencing isolation.

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