Prevention Matters is a free and friendly advice service linking eligible adults (over 18) in Buckinghamshire to social activities, volunteers and community services.
What is Prevention Matters?
If you are over 18, not in receipt of any personal care but need a little bit of help to stay independent you may be eligible for help from Prevention Matters.
Prevention Matters can support you in regaining your confidence, independence and getting out and about if, for any of the following reasons, you are:
- Struggling to remain independent in your own house
- Having difficulty getting out and about
- Feeling lonely and isolated
- Feeling anxious or lacking confidence
- Recovering from an illness
The service will help you to connect with others within your local community, find social activities, volunteers and community services in your area.
How to contact Prevention Matters
You can refer yourself or you can refer someone you think would benefit from the service providing they are eligible. You can do this by:
- Telephone on 01296 484322
- Email at [email protected]
- Visit their website to download a referral form
- Alternatively you can ask your GP or health professional to refer you.
Prevention Matters is delivered by Connection Support on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council.
Lilian has been a long term carer for her son who went into residential care earlier this year.
Prior to this Lilian had been the carer for her husband who had motor neuron disease and found that she no longer had the time or energy to keep in touch with friends.
After so many years of caring for her husband and son, Lilian found herself alone at home and had lost confidence to go out and join in community groups.
When she was referred to Prevention Matters, Lilian was recovering from shingles and a fall.
How Prevention Matters helped
The CPW met with Lilian and, agreeing that a slow pace was ideal, started with a Reminiscence coffee morning at her local library. This was a great success and met someone there from the Day Centre who suggested that Lilian might like to come along and see if she would like it there.
The CPW also approached Bucks Carers who were delighted to welcome her to one of their smaller meetings as a good starting point.
All of the visits to these various groups and centres proved to be a great success and at every visit Lilian met people she knew from her past, previous neighbours and even someone from her village school. A referral was also made to AGE UK for the befriending service and she has now been introduced to her new friend with dates in the diary for visits.
The CPW also prompted a review of Lilian’s hearing aids and sight tests which had been overlooked and this has made it easier for her to enter into conversations and groups.
Lilian is now linked into the community and accessing the transport available to take her to the day centre.