Signposting

From the offset, since we founded the Charity, we extended our befriending provision to include signposting. For example; in 2018 we made 283 onward referrals for our members to 51 local or specialist organisations, tapping them into what exists already in their local communities (e.g. welfare benefit visits in the home, GP Falls Service, social clubs). This is an important part of our work as it helps our scheme members who are usually isolated and disconnected from the community at the point of referral, to become socially included. We have an extensive list of activities, groups, events and services spanning across, Brighton, Hove and Worthing which the team update regularly. An example of the onward referrals made for older people between April – June 2019 include: