A new initiative to overcome the loneliness and isolation that older people can suffer has launched in Wimborne St Giles. In Jolly Good Company (IJGC) will offer activity days in the village hall on the first and third Mondays of every month.

Older people living with or without dementia enjoy activities such as visits to local gardens, art and craft, live music, local history, a delicious lunch and tea and much more. Some live alone and love the chance to visit the village, meet other people of their generation and choose from a range of activities.

The initiative was started by Sarah Rampton who has many years’ experience working with people with dementia. And villagers are supporting her, welcoming visitors into their gardens, running art sessions, making a quiche for lunch or baking a cake for tea.

Nicholas Ashley Cooper, 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, is patron of IJGC. He says he is proud that the community in Wimborne St Giles is coming together to offer such a unique and much needed project which aims to reduce the many mental and physical problems caused by isolation.

Come and join us to see if it’s something for you. There are still spaces available in the sessions until Christmas. Carers are welcome too. Please do get in touch to book a place.

To find out more and book, please see www.injollygoodcompany.com, email or phone Sarah Rampton on 07884 333117.

In Jolly Good Company – Activities to combat loneliness in Wimborne St Giles