Main activities of the project:
1) Creating, maintaining and growing a group of stakeholderswho influence services, deliver activities or benefit from the activities. This group will ensure the project has the capability and can produce greater community capacity.
2) Establishing a web resource and communication processfor stakeholders and beneficiaries – enabling the wider community to know about activities/opportunities – particularly helpful for those that not yet reached (plus service providers will develop confidence in our activities).
3) Responding to barriers which can cause dependency, using a simple framework known locally as the ‘Ladder of Change’ to identify where people feel they are, and for the project to help them become resilient (e.g. some free transport and a volunteer buddy system)
4) Delivering free, tried and tested sessions regularlywhich have ceased due to lack of funds, don’t run often enough or haven’t happened yet:
- Health workshops (on issues relevant to older people)
- Exercise sessions (e.g Bhangra, Gidha, yoga and walking)
- Social activities ( Mens Talk Club, craft activities, learning lT)
- Healthy eating and cooking workshops
- Skill sessions where older adults share skills (eg. sewing, woodworking, music)
Activities will take place across Slough and Maidenhead. Over the past 6 months we’ve built our network in both areas, establishing understanding of the needs of people not yet reached by us or other local groups. While the LA areas are different, there are many synergies, especially with NHS commissioning and Wellbeing Advisors plus the cross-boundary Community Voluntary Service. All are keen to work closely with us by advising, listening and connect people.
We’ll run some activities ourselves and work with 3 trusted community groups which already deliver some level of activities and have strong community presence. These Community Organisations are:
- Men’s Matters
- Slough Seniors Citizens Group
- Asian Carers Group.
After the funded period we expect people to be more resilient and independent – taking themselves off in friendship groups to activities including exercise, social, day trips, shopping, appointments etc. People will continue to attend sessions in the various groups they choose, and pay for activities because they will have come to value them.