A turning point came from Shirley after she spent two days in bed.
“I knew it wasn’t right and had a bit of a word with myself. I’ve always been a positive person but I was slipping into a rut and couldn’t get myself out of it.”
That same week, Shirley was in her local GP surgery when she met Alex Martin, a representative for Action for Elders, which facilitates weekly health and wellbeing groups for older people. Through a project funded by Dunhill Medical Trust, ‘Get the Bay Active!’, Action for Elders was running regular sessions in GP surgeries within the Bay Health area of the city, talking to older people about their health and wellbeing and raising awareness of local activities on offer.
“It was like meeting my guardian angel. Alex told me about the Action for Elders groups, and a light went on. I knew it was exactly what I needed,” says Shirley.
The next week, Shirley attended her first Action for Elders group meeting and was hooked. “Everyone was so welcoming and immediately we just bonded. I found people like me, with similar interests, and we laughed so much.”
Shirley has made more than just acquaintances – she now has a set of strong friendships and a supportive network which she can rely on. She’s even planning a holiday with some of the other group members.