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South East Fermanagh Foundation and Lisbellaw Pharmacy

SEFF provides a range of services to its membership including a befriending service and educational programmes. They run the FACT (Fermanagh and Armagh Connected Together) Project which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation in people over 60 through a range of activities and interventions.

For their Level 1 BCPP, the FACT project partnered with Pharmacist Corinna Collum from Lisbellaw Pharmacy in Fermanagh. For the rural village of Lisbellaw, their pharmacy plays a pivotal role to residents' health and wellbeing as the nearest doctor’s surgery is in Enniskillen, over 5 miles away. In this project they covered topics relevant to the group that included: Minding your Medication, Good Sleep, Looking after yourself using Minor Ailments and You are What You Eat.

Many older people become lonely after the death of a close relative, friend or pet and often are afraid to seek help. Partnering with Cruse Bereavement for one session with the Pharmacist ensured they understood that there is help available to cope with loss and during this session the group made memory salt jars.

Jennifer Ferguson from FACT said, “Our group really enjoyed being together and sharing their life experiences. They told us how much they have benefitted from the topics that were explored in a clear and transparent way. The relationship between the Pharmacist and FACT has been strengthened and allows us to signpost our members if they have issues in respect to their health and well-being.”