How well do you look after yourself, how socially included, happy, confident and valued do you feel? If these feelings are low, it can have a negative impact on your wellbeing and ultimately your health. We have been supporting people in Bradford for over 10 years and we understand that the feeling of isolation has serious consequences to our health:
- Lacking social connections is as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day (Holt-Lunstad, 2010)
- Loneliness and isolation can lead to a 64% increased chance of developing dementia (Howerda et al, 2012)
HALE provides access to a variety of activities, groups and programmes such as befriending and community connectors that all aim to reduce isolation and improve mental health and wellbeing.
HALE’s services have made an impact in the local community:
- 85% of people attending our social groups tell us they have experienced an improvement in their health
- 70% of people from our social prescribing scheme have experienced improved mental health.