Midlothian Community Links Project

Examples of Practice

The aim of the Community Links Project is to provide support for isolated elderly people aged over 65 years that are living in the Midlothian area.

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Day Centre Services – Fife

Examples of Practice

The Day Centre Service is a Voluntary Organisation which operates Day Centres for Older People in Kirkaldy, Kinghorn and Buntisland. It is run by Anne Smith and staff.

The main benefits of this project are that it is proactive in sustaining the individual’s independence. It offers people, who are limited in their abilities, the reassurance of socialising in a safe and supportive environment. The users learn new skills as well as maintaining skills they already have. Certain activities besides the therapeutic and social value they hold, also offer rehabilitation in the form of maintaining and enhancing motor skills for those dealing with the effects of strokes or arthritis.

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Town Break Stirling Group

Examples of Practice

Town Break understands the importance of maintaining social relationships, creating new peer support networks and receiving information and advice at an early stage after the diagnosis of dementia. The negative effects of social isolation can be profound for both the person with dementia and their carer, as both may withdraw from previous activities and social connections.

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Neighbourhood Links and Red Cross Buddies (Scottish Borders)

Examples of Practice

The British Red Cross Neighbourhood Links and Buddies service provides support to people with low level social needs by assisting them to re-engage with their community and provides them with information to enable them to better manage their day to day activities.

The project supports both people in existing community settings as well as those requiring safe early discharge from hospital through helping clients to re-settle in their homes following an episode in hospital or intermediate care.

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British Red Cross Patient Transport Service (PTS) and Kytton’s Guest House

Examples of Practice

The PTS (Patient Transport Service) accepts referrals from a range of sources, including hospitals, GPs social workers, intermediate care teams, patients, families and carers. It transports older people who would, for various practical reasons, find it extremely difficult to get from one place to another but whose need is not of the type that requires an ambulance. Typical journeys will be from home to hospital and transfers to the ferry and air ports when hospital appointments are on the mainland.

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