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Annexe Connects

Funded by the Big Lottery for three years from 2011, Annexe Connects is an exciting and innovative project which provides unique support for people aged over 60 and carers, particularly those who have become isolated within their communities.

Devised and delivered exclusively by Annexe Communities, the impetus for the project arose from work we carried out for Glasgow West Community Health and Care Partnership. We identified significant numbers of people coming forward who clearly had become lonely and cut-off from neighbours and friends and felt as if they were living in isolation.

Annexe Connects has been designed around the expressed needs of the users and evolves elements of our own existing varied services to offer the best blend of our expertise and resources with two exciting new courses. Over the lifetime of the project, we estimate that nearly 550 people will benefit.

Two purpose-designed courses, ‘Positive Lifestyles’ and ‘Next Steps’, have been developed. They guide you through a total of ten weeks of self-development and are carefully structured to ensure maximum community integration.

Summary benefits for users include:

  • One-to-one guidance sessions, at least four times a year;
  • Self-help groups: focusing on positive lifestyles and skills;
  • Volunteering opportunities;
  • Social events including lunch clubs, day trips out of Glasgow, visits to museums and music recitals and Annexe open days;
  • Positive health and wellbeing activities, such as easy exercise classes, slower Monday health walk, circle dancing, yoga and complementary therapies including stress management;
  • Positive arts activities, such as drawing, painting, and knit and natter group
  • Variety Club where you can try out a different activity each week for six weeks.
  • Highlights of the first year of the project can be viewed via our online photo album

If you are 60+ and feel you would benefit from Annexe Connects, please get in touch using our contacts page.

For up-to-date information download a current Annexe Connects What's On leaflet.