Number 65 helping to reduce social isolation

PUBLISHED: 12:43 21 January 2019 | UPDATED: 12:47 21 January 2019

Representatives from the diabetes support group, Wellspring, digital volunteers and artists who have been using Number 65.

Representatives from the diabetes support group, Wellspring, digital volunteers and artists who have been using Number 65.

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A community hub is helping people to access support for a variety of health conditions.

Number 65 High Street was opened up by Nailsea Town Council in September 2017 as a health and digital hub.

More: New digital and health support service to open.

It was set up as part of the council’s Nailsea Place initiative – a vision to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in the town by linking up community groups and services and giving them a place to meet.

Number 65 is now a hive of activity with counselling sessions, health and social groups and art exhibitions finding a home at the venue.

It provides a more central hub and complements the work going on at the tithe barn – such as the Nailsea District Leg Club and the memory café.

Leaders behind Number 65 are hoping activities will continue to develop to meet the needs of the people who use it.

Ian Morrell, development manager at Number 65, said: “Nailsea Place emerged over a number of years – partly to do with the town council thinking about its role in health and wellbeing.

“We realised we had a role to play in facilitating what other people do by helping them, without interfering, to do what they do best.

“Nailsea Place isn’t about a single premise – it’s not a one-stop-shop – it’s about all those aspects of health and wellbeing that go on across our community.”

Both venues are used to reduce social isolation by enabling people to find support and friendship.

The tithe barn is home to the Leg Club which enables people to receive treatment for a variety of leg conditions in a community setting.

Dementia projects including music and memories, the memory café and silver screen memories are also held there.

Number 65 has become a similar base for groups and activities including counselling sessions, youth clubs, citizen’s advice support and young carers facilities.

Ian added: “Given its location in the High Street, the town council felt it was very important to have control over its future.

“We knew having the High Street location would give us the opportunity to do lots more things which we are able to fulfil now.

“Our vision is for Number 65 to grow organically – the people who use it will determine which direction it will go in. We are just here to facilitate.”

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