Published: Friday, 25th January 2019
The Lily service has expanded to include everyone aged 18 and over.
To incorporate new content and activities, the Lily online directory has had a complete makeover - new brand, new information and improved search facilities.
Originally created to provide support and information for those in later years, the service now provides for anyone aged 18 and over. Visit it on www.asklily.org.uk to see the changes that have been made and search the new categories.
Lily provides a comprehensive range of support in west Norfolk to combat loneliness and social isolation in adults of all ages. The project is linked to the 'No Lonely Day' initiative, and encourages our residents to develop friendships and engage in their local communities.
Judith Berry, Careline Community Service Manager, said "Our services include promoting volunteering opportunities, finding out about benefits, addressing rural issues such as transport, encouraging the use of technology, and a whole host of other activities to support people to become, and stay, well-connected in their local area. For many people just finding someone to talk to who understands what it's like to live alone, or be a carer, can really help."
Lily advisers from five local charities offer face-to-face support to help people get involved in our community.
Elizabeth Nockolds, Deputy Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and cabinet member of Culture Heritage and Health, said: “The expansion of the service has been funded by the Norfolk County Council ‘In Good Company’ initiative. This means we are able to provide an inter-generational service to help reduce social isolation across west Norfolk.
"The online LILY directory has expanded to support access to a whole range of social activities and information for all adults over the age of 18. We have also expanded our Lily Adviser service which will mean people can have up to five one-to-one meetings with a Lily Adviser. This could provide help with identifying specific barriers, finding social activities that would help, or even attending an activity with someone.
“Reducing all types of social isolation can really help someone’s mental wellbeing and general health, so we are keen to reach out to people of all ages through our online and face-to-face services.”
Residents of west Norfolk and the Swaffham area of Breckland affected by loneliness or social isolation can call Lily on 01553 616200, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the online directory www.asklily.org.uk.