The Out & About Project identifies like-minded individuals, with shared interests, through the existing Signposting system, and links them with each other in order to forge bonds of friendship and companionship with a view to building confidence and increased participation in leisure and cultural pastimes in Aberdeenshire.
Through the existing referral system we are building and adding to a database of clients, their interests and where they live. Using this information we then engage in a matching exercise in a supported environment with individuals or as part of a larger group.
If individuals are happy, after initial supervised meetings, to then contact each other, this will be encouraged with the offer of continued contact with the Project, support and information as required by the individual.
Please note that as with the Signposting Project, data protection rules apply and no information will be shared with anyone other than those authorised by you.
If you would like to join an Out and About Group you will meet with the Project Worker for you area, who will discuss what you hope to gain from the group, when the group meets etc. No-one is left to join a group unsupported- a Project Worker will always be there to make sure you are made welcome and settle into the group- we understand how daunting it can be to join a new group and we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible.
You are free to attend as many or as few of the groups as you feel you need- there is no pressure to attend each and everyone.
We can help you look for available transport options to attend the groups and will put you in touch with local organisations which may offer further localised options for travel.
We hope that through the groups you will meet like-minded people, make friends, share experiences and have fun
If you think the Project could help you or someone you know, please get in touch with us today for more information.
‘I suffered from depression for many years and was stuck in a rut. Coming along to the group took a lot of courage for me but I was supported in the group by the other members. I am now friends with quite a few of the group and have been able to help them with various small tasks which makes me feel better.
I have also now found myself in the position where I am now joining other groups which I wouldnâ€™t have known about or joined if I hadnâ€™t come along to the Out and About group. Itâ€™s been a great help for my confidence and outlook on lifeâ€™
GARIOCH OUT AND ABOUT CLIENT, JANUARY 2016