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The Social Contact Scheme is a free service that aims to enable individuals who have experienced significant change to regain confidence and independence.

The service is time limited and works closely with other Organisations and complimentary services that are run by Age UK Wakefield District.

A significant change could be through a hospital admission, medical condition, or other altered personal circumstance.

Anyone can refer an individual to the scheme, but in all cases it is vital that the person has given their permission for us to be contacted.

We often receive referrals from health and social care practitioners as well as older people themselves, their families, carers and friends.

Please note that priority is given to those leaving hospital.

Trained staff and volunteers will:

  • Assess individuals referred for suitability for the scheme. Where an older person’s needs cannot be met by this scheme,  we will do our best to ensure that they are offered an alternative
  • Meet with the individual to assess need and set realistic goals
  • Provide support so the older person can gain confidence to achieve their goals by helping with emotional and practical issues
  • Liaise with other relevant parties, such as family, friends, health and social care professionals (GPs, nurses, social workers), etc
  • Where appropriate, give relevant information and advice, as well as signposting to other groups and organisations who can help meet the identified need

How to access the service...

The person using the service must:

  • consent to receiving the service
  • live in the Wakefield District
  • should be over 60 years old

Operating times

The Social Contact Scheme is funded by Wakefield Council and delivered by Age UK Wakefield District.

The service operates Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

Information and Advice

The Information and Advice service supports people aged 50 and over, and their carers who are resident in the Wakefield District.

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