Falmouth Age Concern

“I find the art class both stimulating and therapeutic… the art class gives me a focus on something outside of myself.”

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is working with Falmouth Age Concern to offer an art class for the over 60s.

Originally led by a retired Art Lecturer from Falmouth University, the class which meets on Tuesday afternoons twice a month, continues to enjoy painting and drawing as well as an opportunity to socialise.

Falmouth Age Concern’s befriending service was set up in 2004 to alleviate loneliness amongst older people in our area. Nearly 30% of our local population are over 60 and this percentage is increasing. Some are well catered for with sufficient funds, partners and loving families. Yet there are many others who are friendless, housebound and isolated, cut off from the world. Too often they suffer in silence.

The befriending service recruits volunteers, of all ages but particularly amongst older people, who can offer an hour or so a week to visit, talk to (and listen to) a lonely elderly person. The regular human contact often helps to alleviate depression which, if not addressed, can lead to ill-health and self neglect. But with support from a befriender, the older person can often continue to lead a happy independent life.

As well as the befriending service, Falmouth Age Concern also offers telephone befriending for those older people who are particularly hard to reach and has set up a number of clubs and classes (art, book, cinemas, walking). A recent pilot project with Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty involved taking clients on excursions to the coast and countryside.

For further information please contact 01326 313620 or visit www.falmouthbefriending.org.uk