Throughout this turbulent year, we have stood with our city in making sure those who needed us have been supported with initiatives such as the Prescription Delivery Service and with FareShare, packing and delivering food.
But it wasn’t just physical health that we looked after; it was mental health too.
Loneliness, resilience and confidence have all been impacted during the last few months in every age group. But we are striving to make sure we are helping those who need it. Here are just a few examples of how we have worked with our community to support mental health.
One individual who has gone above and beyond to help his community is Evan Kemp. The Bitterne Park student, who took part in our Personal Development Project earlier this year, pledged to support St Catherine’s Care Home in his area as part of his social action project task set by us.
He messaged 20 families in his street, who banded together, writing cards with a theme of happiness for the isolating older adults.
After all the cards were collected, Evan delivered the kind messages to the care home, reflecting how proud he was of how it had gone.
Uniting people was also the purpose of our phone calls to isolated older adults. Since March, we have made more than 4,500 phone calls,
Senior Saints ParticipantIt's so kind of you to call me. You know it makes me feel less isolated so thank you very much.
Now, we are back with our participants, bringing some of those isolated older adults together for organised walks that again stave off isolation, build confidence and independence after a difficult 2020.
On the pitch and back in schools our Saints Kicks project has been using football as a catalyst for positive mental change.
Within our participants surveyed, 47% them felt that their confidence when they come to Kicks had developed a lot, with a further 30% stating it had developed a little.
Not only that but 62% of SaintsAbility Open Access session participants stated that the sessions have a large positive impact on their self-esteem.
On World Mental Health Day, like every day, we are trying our best to make sure our participants feel involved and empowered within our community.