Providing support to people who are experiencing social isolation and
At Spark, our primary focus is to help socially and economically disadvantaged people in
our community to overcome social isolation and loneliness, an issue which has
significant social, financial, and wellbeing impacts on the individual and within the
Social isolation is a complex issue with people feeling isolated for a variety of reasons. They often find themselves spending more time alone.
Being alone may leave people more vulnerable to loneliness which can affect their health and well-being. Studies show that loneliness and social isolation are associated with higher risks for physical health problems such as heart disease, depression and cognitive decline as well as significant financial and mental health issues.
People who already experience poor health may be more likely to be socially isolated or lonely. This can put their physical and mental health at risk. Evidence shows that these adults are less healthy, have longer hospital stays, are readmitted to the hospital more often, and are more likely to die earlier than those with meaningful and supportive social connections. Our Neighbourhood Centre is a lifeline to many across the area and our groups and activities are designed to combat these negative effects whilst offering support or signposting to those in need. Over winter 22/23, we saw first-hand, the impact of the cost of living crisis with many of our members being forced to choose between heating and eating.
Spark is a community-led organisation and offers a variety of volunteering opportunities from helping with teas and coffees for our weekly activities to formal
programmes for pre-employability and digital skills and has big and exciting plans for late 2023 and into 2024.
For more information about who we are and what we do please visit our website at www.sparkscot.com
You can also help us by donating on our JustGiving Page
We can create your personalised productions for you.
Another way you can help us fundraise is to visit our online store. Spark Creations.
There will find a selection of gifts and we can also create personalised products for you such as water bottles, mugs, travel cups, wearables and lots more.
Head on over to the Spark Creations section of our website at: