Working with Older People – group or individual award
For someone who has gone the extra mile working with an older person’s group. It could also be for someone who has worked with a specific group or individual and has helped them with training, such as IT or to get more involved in social activities.
The Adventure Playground in Knottingley runs Wild Tots & Friends which is a weekly intergenerational session. The group welcomes older people, parents and children to come together to play, eat lunch and do different activities each week. The older people love spending time with the families and, as relationships have blossomed, have also helped the children cut up their food or even spoon fed the babies. The group promotes play opportunities and encourages the older members of the group to join in playing with the children, indoors and out. This has helped to increase the confidence of the older people as well as reducing social isolation and mental health problems. The group has song time during the session which allows older people to share songs from their childhood which helps with their memory.
The Senior Citizens’ Support Group provides activities and support for elderly people living in Wakefield. They put on lots of events each year, for over 500 older people from Horbury and Ossett, reducing social isolation and improving wellbeing. When lockdown hit, they suspended their events and focused on supporting the elderly and vulnerable people in their local area by setting up a helpdesk for people to contact so that volunteers could support them with food and medicine deliveries or call for a chat to help reduce loneliness. The Senior Citizens’ support group was able to support over 450 older people during lockdown with this service. They also created a Facebook group and shared chair aerobic sessions, choir sessions and tips to help members improve their health and wellbeing during lockdown. This was successful with over 40 members attending each digital event.
The Friends of Falcon Drive group was created by the residents of Falcon Drive independent living scheme to help bring their community together and reduce loneliness and social isolation. The group works hard to raise money and manage funding for activities and events. They run weekly bingo sessions and have also organised many other activities including tabletop sales and trips and regular socials such as a Christmas lunch and fish and chips. The group has also continued their work during the COVID-19 lockdown to help look after each other’s wellbeing, with members of the group regularly reading newspapers to another resident over the phone who wasn’t able to read due to illness and phoning each other to check they were okay. Recently Friends of Falcon Drive celebrated the lifting of lockdown restrictions with a trip to the seaside using a local travel company, meaning they could get together again safely after months apart.
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