Working with Older People – group or individual award
The award is for someone who has gone the extra mile working with an older persons group, it could
also be for someone who has worked with a specific group and helped them with training or getting more
involved in social activities.
The Senior Citizens Support Group is committed to helping alleviate loneliness in older people living throughout the Wakefield district. They hold over 150 events a year for older people to attend in order for them to get out of the house. Some of these events include craft and educational sessions such as genealogy and fitness classes as well as coffee mornings and bingo sessions. The group also helps elderly people to learn new skills such as basic IT skills and how to save energy in the home. Group members volunteer their time to make the community a more welcoming place for its older members.
Maureen Rishworth runs the Simply Leisure group in Eastmoor. The group provides activities for local residents aged over 55. The group is always well attended and meets every Monday where members take part in fun and educational activities. They recently learnt how to avoid scams and frauds with help from the Safer Project. The group allows members to meet and socialise helping to reduce issues of loneliness and isolation.
Victor Istead runs the Five Towns Stroke Group which meets every week in Fitzwilliam, Pontefract. The group has over 25 members who have suffered a stroke or who are supporting a loved one who has. At their weekly meetings, they take part in Boccia Bowling, light exercise and bingo. Victor is also on hand to offer advice and support to anyone who needs it and has recently organised a bus to collect members from across the district to remove any barriers to getting involved. He also raises funds for the group to ensure that they can continue to meet and go on outings to different places.
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