A comprehensive list of community and voluntary groups is to be put together by Bolsover District Council to help reduce social isolation and help groups attract new members.
Community and voluntary groups across Bolsover District have suffered as much as anyone else during 2020. Their members have not being able to meet, provide social interaction or generally just being there for a chat or a cuppa due to the pandemic.
This can then often lead to loneliness, social isolation and a deterioration in people’s mental and physical well-being. Something that Council Leader, Steve Fritchley has consistently highlighted as being a major concern.
He said, “The situation that we have been in over the past eight months has highlighted the fact that people are lonely and feeling isolated and even though we have all this technology, there is simply no substitute for attending a group, meeting new friends and having a cup of tea.”
The Directory will consist of a list of community, voluntary and sporting clubs and organisations operating across Bolsover District. It will include groups such as scouts, friendship clubs, bingo nights, sports, drama and youth clubs.
Once complied the list will be available on the Council’s website as a searchable database and an interactive map as well as a booklet available for people to pick up so they can see what groups are available.
Councillor Fritchley added, “So to help the clubs get back on their feet and attract new members, I have asked for a comprehensive list of all community and voluntary groups within the District to be put together so people have somewhere they can go, somewhere they can have a chat with people or somewhere they can learn a new skill.”