What was the issue you were addressing or working on?
The Zone Initiative 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.
The service is funded by the Henry Smith Trust and the Reshaping Care for Older People- Change Fund and has 156 older clients.
The full The Zone Initiative Home Buddies, East Ayrshire, Example of Practice (Update) is available here . It is an update of the original Example of Practice published in 2013, which can be accessed here
What you did?
The Home Buddy Scheme provides a tailored service to assist older people, disabled and vulnerable adults to live in their homes and communities for longer than may otherwise be possible without feeling lonely, isolated or afraid. The project also provides a range of social activities and companionship to their participants.
The Home Buddies Scheme brings together elderly clients, Home Buddies and Young Modern Apprentices, and through this, as well as supporting older people, the Scheme supports the Home Buddies and young apprentices to develop their potential, resilience and networks and builds intergenerational harmony with the adults they work with.
Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them.
What were the outcomes - benefits or otherwise?
The Scheme evaluates its impact on the participants, their families, and the benefits and level of job satisfaction for the Buddies. It describes its outcomes for communities and organisations, older people, and young people. Evaluation has been very positive against each of these. Additionally the evaluation indicates that the impact of the project is wider than the project itself, eg using knowledge in other areas of work, helping other intergenerational relationships. Some specific outcomes for older people from evaluation are:
- 79% said they were more confident, 20% said they felt they were happier and slightly more confident, 1% said they felt the same
- 99% said they felt less lonely or isolated because of the visits
- 85% said they worried a lot less about how to do things because they knew the Buddy would be visiting them, 12% said they still worried slightly
- 83% said they felt less anxious and frightened because they knew someone would be popping in to make sure they were ok, 16% said they felt slightly less frightened
The full The Zone Initiative Home Buddies, East Ayrshire, Example of Practice (Update) is available here (insert link)
Further information on The Zone Initiative can be found on their website: http://www.thezone-online.co.uk/