SPARCS Service

Do you know an older person who has experienced a recent bereavement or been unwell? Or is a friend, relative or patient feeling a bit isolated and lonely? We can help.

Agewell and Murray Hall Community Trust are working together to deliver the SPARCS project (Social Prescribing for Active Resilient Communities in Sandwell).

This is a 3-year project funded by the National Lottery Community Fund to reduce social isolation and loneliness in the over 65s across the borough.

Our aim is to provide a compassionate and reliable befriending service for socially isolated and vulnerable older people, helping them to re-connect socially, try new activities, make friends and enjoy life more and to remain living independently at home for as long as possible.

Our service includes:

  • Receiving referrals from a range of healthcare professionals, as well as self-referrals. We call every referral within three working days and arrange to visit every single one.
  • Getting to know our clients in their own homes, assessing what they need, which services we can put them in touch with, and what else we can do to help such as claiming benefits, eating healthily, or staying safe at home.
  • Making referrals for aids and adaptations such as a raised toilet seat or a grab rail in the shower.
  • Supporting our clients to reconnect with community groups to help them feel less isolated.

To find out more, or to make a referral, please call SPARCS on 0121 557 5812 or email

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer befriender for the SPARCS project, please get in touch.