East Lothian Gardening Service

Examples of Practice

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.

Gardening Project

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.

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East Ayrshire – The Zone’s Home Buddy Scheme

Examples of Practice

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.

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Community Engagement, Resilience and Health Service Development in Annandale and Eskdale

Examples of Practice

CERAE represents an extention of the role of the Safe and Healthy Action Partnership (SHAP) in Annadale and Eskdale. SHAP is a partnership of various organisations from all sectors (public, private and third) which seeks to improve the health and well-being of people in the locality.

Annandale meeting

The Community Engagement, Resilience and Health Service Development in Annandale and Eskdale project (which will, for present purposes, be referred to as CERAE) has received the backing of Dumfries and Galloway’s PYF partners. It has been granted initial funding of around £75,000 per year for two years from RCOP Change Fund monies.

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Clackmannanshire Healthier Lives

Examples of Practice

Clackmannanshire Healthier Lives (CHL) is a community based programme which offers support and advice to people in Clackmannanshire to help them make changes that can improve their health and wellbeing. It is an anticipatory care project which aims to help people improve their health through tailored packages of support designed to meet clients’ specific needs. A full range of services is offered from holistic health assessment, stress management and confidence building to increasing physical activity, smoking cessation, healthier food shopping, cooking and dietary skills.

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Argyll and Bute: Timebanking

Examples of Practice

As noted in the Scottish Care Institute for Excellence – Research briefing 39: Preventing loneliness and social isolation: interventions and outcomes “Older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation or loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. Social isolation and loneliness impact upon individuals’ quality of life and wellbeing, adversely affecting health and increasing their use of health and social care services”.

It is well known that many older people experience a general sense of ‘uselessness’ and social isolation if their family and community contacts are reduced either through bereavement or their own physical health limitations. This can in turn lead to low levels of depressions, anxiety and poor self-care, further exacerbating poor physical health and mobility.

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