The Emerge project aims to reduce loneliness, social isolation and increase well-being by developing a peer support programme and creating links within the local community.

Social isolation and loneliness are becoming an increasing problem across all age groups. Following the recommendations of the Jo Cox Commission on loneliness, the government have announced a new strategy to tackle loneliness in the UK.

We want to encourage and empower women who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation to take part in social and community activities, develop friendships, form social networks and access self-help support. Themed activities include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Community Café
  • Green Spaces
  • Sport & Leisure
  • Digital Connection

The project is aimed at women aged 18+ living in Salford. Referrals will be accepted from statutory, and voluntary organizations, community groups and individuals.

The project is managed and led by a full time Project Navigator, Joanne Clough, who is based at our women’s centre in Eccles, Salford. Joanne is currently being supported by two part-time Peer Champions: Maggie Hesketh and Leanne Eluma.

Women are currently involved in activities such as meeting for a coffee and chat, gym groups, walking, crafts, gardening and cooking. The project is led by the interests of the women, and new activity groups  are developing all the time.

We want to empower women to access local services and take part in shared activities beyond the project. Our project aims to collect data and record outcomes and to find out what works best in reducing loneliness for women in Salford.

For further information, please contact

Joanne Clough

Emerge Navigator