Rodney Firefights Loneliness

rodney firefights lonliness

This is the story of 92-year-old ex-firefighter, Rodney who lives by himself after the sad passing of his wife. Because of the pandemic, Rodney was shielding and only left the house twice; for the COVID vaccine and once again for his wife’s funeral.

Rodney became lonely and was referred to Community Plus. Community Plus could help him reconnect with people, interest groups, and help reduce his loneliness.

Raising the alarm

The team got in to action right away and reached out to the local fire service military band. He was connected to the Firefighters Charity online veterans’ community.

The team arranged for Rodney to trial the use of an Echo dot so he could access the internet verbally. Rodney was also signposted to the bereavement support services and put in touch with a local writers’ group.

In high spirits

Rodney is feeling much better after being connected to the military band who arranged to present him with the ceremonial sword, he donated 50 years ago. Rodney said it was a wonderful experience and that the group could not have been kinder or more welcoming.

Rodney is in high spirits after being connected to the online firefighter’s charity and plans to stay in touch.

He is overjoyed using the Echo dot and said that it made a huge difference to his life. He uses it every day for weather reports, listening to music and to tell his granddaughter jokes.

Rodney was grateful to know about the local bereavement support and writers’ groups as he can get in touch when he needs to.

Candle in the dark

Rodney explained how the support he received from Community Plus made a big difference to him and said;

“I was wandering around in the dark before Community Plus became involved, thank you, you have lit the candle for me again”.