Social Isolation in Brent Initiative (SIBI) Project was established to address isolation in the local community of Brent. SIBI has cross department involvement from Brent Council (Adult Social Care & Public Health) and Brent Clinical Commissioning Group to tackle social isolation in Brent adults.
When talking about isolation, we mean the objective absence of social contacts and social connectedness. This absence of social connectedness can amount to loneliness, which is associated with negative experiences that involve painful feelings of not belonging and disconnectedness from others. Loneliness can lead to serious health consequences, such as depression and anxiety, which affects emotional and mental wellbeing. It can also affect physical health, such as the weakening of muscles as a result of insufficient activity that comes with leaving the home.
SIBI project is overseen by a steering committee with representation from Brent Adult Social Care, Brent Public Health and Brent CCG (NHS). Outreach activities are planned to target socially isolated individuals and raise awareness of SIBI using a mixture of activities and media publicity.
Isolated individuals can also be referred to SIBI, which are received through Brent Council, NHS and other local partners. We aim to ‘broker’ isolated people into social activities, such as board games and lunch clubs. Although we are unable to cover travel costs between a person’s home and an activity, a list of transport options can be made available to people.
You can contact us more about SIBI if you:
- are at risk of isolation or are experiencing isolation or may even know someone in a similar condition.
- have any activities you would like to include on our database
- wish to access support in running an activity that is accessible by isolated people
- can spare some time to volunteer and support SIBI (we’re currently looking for admin and events volunteers
Michael Stuart, SIBI Coordinator
0741 531 5998
020 3011 1699