What was the issue you were addressing or working on?
‘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
What you did?
‘Keeping Active in Later Life’ acts as a community connector in enabling older people to access a range of local support and services to remain at home and keep active. It benefits from a ‘cocktail’ of funding from the Big Lottery, Inverclyde Community Health & Care Partnership, Inverclyde Change Fund and the Regeneration Fund.
Referrals to the service are taken from a variety of sources including primary and secondary care providers; self/family referrals; outreach workers within existing peer support groups and other community organisations such as care homes as well as through other activities organised directly by ‘Your Voice’ such as tea dances and other social events. A close link with the Inverclyde Re-ablement Service also allows referrals from this source to take place to local projects which enable older people to access support and services which help them to keep active and maximise their independence.
What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?
Some of the broad outcomes reported by older people include:
- Increased confidence and knowledge in relation to self management of long term conditions
- Accessing appropriate support has enhanced their quality of life
- Feelings of reduced isolation and increased mental health and wellbeing.
From April 2012 to February 2013 the Keeping Active in Later Life project provided regular support to 97 older people across Inverclyde including 27 referrals from the Re-ablement Team. In addition the service provided information/signposting to 1,026 older people across Inverclyde and supported 221 older people to attend tea dances 6 times during the year.
Contacts - to find out more
Karen Haldane – Executive Officer (‘Your Voice’ – Inverclyde Community Care Forum)