This project aims to tackle isolation of older people. The case study presented here explores Mrs C and her experience of the Twos Company initiative. Mrc C has been an active lady all her life, giving many hours volunteering to her community, with the likes of MS Society and other charitable organisations. Over the past few years it has become harder for her to get out and about on her own and she has lost some of her independence.
‘Keeping Active in Later Life’ aims to facilitate, both directly and indirectly, the provision of practical and emotional support to address social isolation and assist older people to maximise their independence and remain at home. It does this by stimulating and supporting a network of self-help peer support groups and matching ‘community buddies’ with those less able to participate and get involved as part of their everyday life
GS combines garden maintenance with befriending. Informal research by Age Scotland has consistently shown that maintenance of home and garden is one of a number of priorities for older people. Put simply, older people want to enjoy the environment – their home and garden – in which they spend a considerable amount of time.
It should come as no surprise that being able to do so supports an overall sense of well-being and contributes to positive mental health. Both use of one’s garden and gardening itself can also help people stay physically active and healthy.
The Zone Home Buddy Scheme was launched in 2010 and provides a domestic and household service for older, disabled and vulnerable people in the Doon Valley area. The Home Buddy Scheme is an intergenerational project providing a personal and professional service which is individually tailored to assist people to live in their homes and communities for longer without feeling lonely, isolated or afraid.