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Project identifies areas with most people likely to be lonely in the Royal Borough

Project identifies areas with most people likely to be lonely in the Royal Borough

Tara O'Connor

Research has identified wards in the Royal Borough with the highest concentration of groups likely to be lonely.

Oldfield, Eton Wick, Clewer South and Clewer North come in as the top four.

An update of the Loneliness Project was heard at a Big Society panel meeting at Maidenhead Town Hall on Tuesday night.

A ‘heat map’ of the wards with the strongest concentration of people likely to be lonely was created by Experian.

This information has been overlaid with data from the borough’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and a strategic needs analysis.

Leader of the project, the council’s partnerships manager Harjit Hunjan, said data has also been collected about residents that receive assisted bin collections and the location of care homes and sheltered accommodation. This has not yet been overlaid with the heat maps.

Harjit said future plans for the project include ‘promoting activities’ for UN Day for Older People on October 1 and Silver Sunday on October 4.

These will be coordinated by the council’s community partnership team and WAM Get Involved.

Andrew Elkington, head of policy and performance, added: “We now have very strong maps that show where these activities should be concentrated in the borough.

“We have been talking to the people running community groups about helping people find their way to activities.

“There’s a range of activities going on in the borough.”

 


Also at the meeting, it was decided to recommend extending the participatory budget to include schools.

 

The Royal Borough’s participatory budget is for residents and community groups to access funding for projects that benefit the community.

There is an online voting system to determine which project will be awarded the funding.

At the meeting councillors decided, to make it fair, there would be one vote per pupil in the school using data about the number of pupils which came out in October.

There will just be one category of schools, rather that a few depending on the size, which was an option.

Members of the panel decided that a total of £99,000 would be set aside for the scheme, working out at £33,000 a term.

The report will be submitted to a participatory budgeting sub committee on Wednesday, August 19.

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