Insights from Befriending Networks Annual Conference
From the project research team at IVAR
Last week, Leila Baker
attended the Befriending Networks Annual Conference to invite reflections on
our findings so far. One emerging theme is that people who feel connected to
their community hold a number of 'identities' within that community: as a resident
perhaps they help at their child's school; as an interested party they have
been involved in a local hospital campaign; and their work gives them
connection to a local business. We are also finding that people who have fewer
opportunities to link to their community may also be or feel 'trapped' in a
place or identity.
'Befrienders offer relationships which recognise, affirm, generate older people's various identities'
You can read a full write-up of the session here.