Covid has caused a lot of suffering within the community – but it has had perhaps the greatest effect on vulnerable older people, some who have had to isolate for months at a time separated from loved ones and unable to attend the usual clubs or day centres that made life a little bit easier.
In order to bring a little cheer into these people’s lives, East Suffolk Council has been putting together 2,000 EAST bags, which will be delivered over the coming weeks to vulnerable older residents who have been identified as being at risk of loneliness and/or social isolation.
The EAST bag (Everyone Active, Supported Together) is a reusable jute bag which has been funded by the East Suffolk Community Partnership Board and Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group.
In the bags are items which will enable recipients to stay active, both physically and mentally, during the winter months. These include resistance bands and exercise cards, a water bottle, hand warmer, recipe cards, freezer boxes, a puzzle book and some seeds to plant when the weather improves.
As an extra treat, the bags also include soft drinks and chutney, kindly donated by Adams, tea bags and biscuits.
Initially, the EAST bags will be distributed across the Council’s eight Community Partnership areas to older people who are living alone or caring for someone, who have been identified as being at risk of loneliness and/or social isolation by the East Suffolk Council Communities Team or local organisations and groups working with the team.
However if you know someone who you think would benefit from an EAST bag, the Council is also asking that you get in touch by emailing email@example.com
AND THERE’S A QUIZ
To further support older residents in East Suffolk, the Communities Team is holding an online quiz on Wednesday 24 February at 10am. The quiz will take approximately an hour and offer an opportunity for participants to meet new people, have fun and even win a prize!
The quiz is open to all elderly residents in East Suffolk, whether they live alone, with a partner or in a care home.
Entry is free, but you need to register and participants need access to the internet and a computer to take part.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to participate but don’t have access to the internet and/or a computer, please contact the Communities Team using the details below as they may be able to help you get involved anyhow. Call Stuart on 07768 114421 or Zoe on 07825 420378.