Want to make new friends and improve your social life? Halton Borough Council has set up a brand new team designed to help to connect the local community and help residents avoid crisis.

Community Connectors will meet with groups and individuals and signpost them to services which may be able to help, as well as offering expert advice on a variety of issues.

They will also matches vulnerable and socially isolated people, who have been identified by GP’s and other health and social care professionals, with a Community Connector to improve confidence, inclusion and independence.

The team of two has a variety of projects planned for Runcorn and Widnes over the coming months. You can come and say hi at a ‘meet and greet’ at Runcorn’s Shopping City on Monday 16 July from 10am to 1pm.

Council officers Maddie Powell and Vicky Waller have an excellent local knowledge including social groups, support services and charities, this helps them to provide guidance for individuals in the community to get the help and support they need quickly and close to home.

Community Connectors will provide support that’s built around and helps people recognise what they want to do, and how we the team help them to achieve this.

Halton Borough Council’s Executive Board Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Marie Wright, said: “They will work alongside the community to help people build skills and conquer those things that have been standing in people’s way

“The team is currently working as a 12 month pilot and its work will be focused in building up community connections in Runcorn electoral wards, Halton Lea and Grange, and Widnes electoral Wards, Kingsway and Appleton.

“People who receive the service must be over the age of 18.”

For More Information please contact the team on 0151 511 6869 community.connectors@halton.gov.uk

Similar schemes run in Sefton, Blackpool, Burnley among other places.

PICTURES: Organisers Maddie Powell and Vicky Waller, from Halton Borough Council at Grangeway Shops