Community Connecting

Examples of Practice

The service aims to reduce social isolation and support individuals to establish/ re-establish sustainable connections with their communities. People coming to the service have often lost confidence after a fall, illness or bereavement.

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Embedding Personal Outcomes in Practice

Examples of Practice

Embedding Personal Outcomes workshops using the sound slides from Sliding Doors that were developed by SSSC and NES.  The sessions used real life actors from Strange Theatre using the scripts that were written by Forum Interactive for SSSC and NES.  The main objective of the workshops has been to give staff time and space to consider the effect of their actions at ‘turning points’ in peoples’ lives and to consider how they may step back and avoid ‘fixing’ and really listen to the outcomes that individuals want to achieve.

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Connect Online – Volunteer Centre

Examples of Practice

  • Deliver one-to-one IT tuition to elderly housebound individuals throughout Midlothian
  • Deliver IT tuition sessions to groups of elderly people in various community settings throughout Midlothian
  • Work in partnership with other organisations throughout Midlothian to encourage and assist older people to access computers/the internet
  • Deliver IT tuition in online research and online shopping
  • Encourage and help learners to find and access other local services through the internet
  • Identify particular skills/knowledge of all volunteers through regular one-to-one support and supervision with volunteers and use these skills to full potential
  • Provide initial induction and training for volunteers, plus on-going training where possible.
  • Carry out regular volunteer evaluations to allow volunteers to shape the future of the project.

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Community Engagement Team

Examples of Practice

The establishment of the Community Engagement Team supports the need to develop new models to support service delivery and community engagement to rural and remote-rural areas and proposed to test ideas that:

  • Older people could contribute to providing community-based services for other older people.
  • Older people could be maintained living in their own homes and communities for as long as possible if communities developed the capacity to provide basic services in ‘co-production’ with statutory public service providers.
  • Social organisations of various types established in and by communities, could be sustainable and could provide ‘value-added’ benefits (social participation, health, community involvement etc.).
  • Communities could be supported to engage in meaningful and sustainable dialogue with key statutory public service providers to ensure transparency and co-production.

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