Being a sustainable community in the widest sense involves enhancing residents’ health and well-being as well as reducing their impact on the environment. Sustainable Cottenham is looking into ways in which this can be improved whether by signposting to existing services which benefit health and well-being or exploring the benefits and feasibility of initiatives such as Timebanking and social events where residents of all ages can meet to exchange life stories, skills and cake.
The adverse health effects of loneliness have been in the news recently. Most of the recent research has either been in the US or supported by the Campaign for the Abolition of Loneliness. However, here is a recent independent UK study which concludes that older people who experience high levels of loneliness are at increased risk of becoming physically frail. https://academic.oup.com/ageing/article/47/3/392/4772155
Sustainable Cottenham is working with youth worker Andrea Cowley and Sarah Bellow of Care Network to kick-start a series of social events under the umbrella of Cottenham Connected. The aim is to bring Cottenham residents together – for fun and to share skills, stories and cake.
The first events will be Sunday Socials at the British Legion Hall, Cottenham High Street between 2pm and 4pm. The first event is on Sunday 15th September – please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org of you would like to come.