Culture Club

Culture Club brings the best of culture including interesting events, programmes and workshops for the over 55’s to the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire.

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They host and promote artistic, environmental, educational or sporting activities to suit all tastes- from gardening to cinema screenings to singing workshops.

The scheme is free to join and subsidised for those who can’t afford to pay. Local volunteers come to each event, help with travel arrangements, and provide company if someone is attending on their own.

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Changing Lives

Changing Lives in Cornwall is a partnership of voluntary groups and state services providing schemes like; Steady On (provides ‘buddies’ to help older adults with balance issues); Get Well Stay Well (a support service for those returning home after a stay in changingliveshospital) and

Memory Café (a place for those who suffer from or care for older adults with dementia).

This holistic approach to local service provision is working well. And older people aren’t just the recipients of services; they also get involved in providing support.

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Charlie and Marie: a tale of ageing

This short animation tells the story of Charlie and Marie, a couple ageing in the UK today. It visualises the significant events in their life after retirement and how they interact with different state services at these times.

The aim of the animation was to stimulate new and more holistic ways of thinking about older people and their experience of services, amongst local government and partners – who may often operate quite separately from one another.

The animation is based on 10 ethnographic studies and a series of interviews with older people around the UK. It was developed by the Young Foundation as part of their Ageing Well Innovation Series in 2010.

Creating memories through conversations towards the end of life

PeaceHospiceLogoCreating memories is an intergenerational project to encourage conversations towards the end of life.
In the prototype, 12 students and 4 patients from The Peace Hospice, worked together to produce a mixed media memory picture about the patients’ lives. The artwork incorporated photographs of objects, pictures and memorabilia collected by patients, which told the story of significant events for them.
To celebrate the project, they had an exhibition and tea party where patients’ families, the students and members of the community visited the hospice.
Peace Hospice hope to make the project a regular part of the service offered to patients in end of life care. matches carers and individuals in need of care through an online marketplace. Individuals might need someone to help them with personal acre, or their weekly shop, or childcare or feed the pets whilst they go on holiday, but the majority of users are older people. was founded in 2006 in USA where it is the largest service helping American families find high-quality carers. It has now been introduced in the UK as a subscription service allowing users to post jobs and details, and providers to post references, rates and photographs. Reviews from users and statistics on responsiveness help people find good matches, and the site also includes advice. UK has dedicated sites for carers in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Sheffield.
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casseroleLogoCasserole is a new social enterprise that brings people together through the simple act of sharing a meal. The service enables people to share extra portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who may not always be able to cook for themselves. Sharing food strengthens local relationships, reconnects people in their neighbourhood, and tackles social isolation and loneliness among older/less physically mobile people.

Casserole makes it easier for people to give: it’s as easy as making an extra portion while cooking a meal. The service completely rethinks traditional meals services – using the web to make it easier to be involved in informal community care, and using food as a social currency to help build new friendships. It’s already helping connect older people with neighbours they wouldn’t otherwise meet.

Run by FutureGov, a social innovation and technology company that works with local government to develop better services, the first pilot began in Reigate and Banstead in Surrey at the beginning of 2012, with funding from the Technology Strategy Board and Design Council’s Independence Matters programme. The team is now partnering with Tower Hamlets Council to establish a second pilot, improving the site technology and developing a sustainable, scalable model that can be implemented throughout the UK.

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Circles of Care

DiSC-CICLogoCircles of Care connects people, communities and care around a particular individual.

It uses secure web-based technologies to enable everyone in an individual’s Circle of Care to stay connected, so that person, their family, friends and carers, can easily stay in touch and access the information, services and support they need, when they need them. For example the web platform includes a co-ordination tool to help family and friends, volunteers, and public social care providers better provide and monitor support for the person at the centre of the circle.

Circles of Care was launched by Digital Services for Care(DISC) in Cornwall in 2012. It is being trialled in two rural areas where social isolation can be high, public transport difficult, and distances between relatives long, with the support of Torbay and Southern Devon Care Trust and Cornwall’s Dementia Friendly Communities programme. It is hoped that in the future the web platform will also include a timebanking element and the service with also be available on mobiles and interactive TVs.

Cocktails in care homes

magicmeLogoCocktails in care homes are monthly cocktail parties held in the lounge of care homes for residents and younger volunteers to enjoy together.
Cocktails in Care Homes grew out of conversations with care home residents. They identified a need for evening adult activity. Started as a pilot in 2010, it is now in its second year. Thanks to a pool of 100 volunteers, Magic Me hosts weekly evening parties across East London for residents, relatives, friends and carers. Young adult volunteers, mostly in their 20s and 30s living or working locally, host the party joining residents to socialise over a drink. Magic Me provides lighting, decorations, music and a range of drinks to set a party mood and encourage conversation.
Residents are canvassed about their favourite music and drinks to ensure they genuinely enjoy and look forward to parties. The project is growing to reach more people in isolation. For some residents this is the only visit they get, and residents who don’t engage in other activities come to the cocktail parties. There has been improvement in the communication skills of some residents with dementia. One lady barely talked at all at first. As one volunteer puts it “She has now relearnt the art of conversation”.
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Care Bank

CareBankLogoCare Bank is a new initiative that allows volunteers to earn credits for every hour of caring they give to a local neighbor. The credit can then be exchanged for a reward such as a free swim or class at the local leisure centre. Or the credit can be gifted to someone in need of support (eg a family member) and exchanged for care from a good neighbour or befriending scheme.
Care Bank is therefore testing whether volunteers will give more time to care for people in their local community if they are incentivized.
Care Bank is currently being piloted in Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, by WRVS, and backed by the Cabinet Office.
In the longer term the plan is for the partnership to expand the scheme nationally. This would allow a volunteer to exchange accrued credits to, for example, help an elderly relative living in another part of the country.
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