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Annexe Connects

Funded by the Big Lottery from 2011 to 2019, Annexe Connects and Connects2 were exciting and innovative projects providing unique support for people aged over 60, carers and those isolated 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 was been designed around the expressed needs of the users and evolved 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 around 1400 people benefited.

Activities included:

  • One-to-one guidance sessions for most vulnerable particpants;
  • Self-help groups: focusing on positive living and self reliance skills;
  • Volunteering opportunities;
  • Social events including lunch clubs, day trips out of Glasgow, visits to museums and music recitals and Annexe open days, monthly film nights;
  • Positive health and wellbeing activities, such as easy exercise classes, health walks, circle dancing, yoga, relaxation therapies including stress management;
  • Positive arts activities, such as music (ukulele) drawing, painting, and knit and natter groups
  • Opportunities to social and make mew friends and for some taking up volunteering
  • Highlights of the first year of the project can be viewed via our online photo album

The project ended in October 2019, leaving a fabulous legacy of its work in the continuation of many activities, such as Partick Pluckers, Circle Dancing, Positive Living, Friday Art Class, and the hugely popular Knit and Natter group. Activity groups continue to meet today and operate as people or volunteer-led groups - illustrating the powerful potential of community capacity building!