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.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions The Addy had to close its doors in 2020 so couldn’t deliver their Wild Tots and Friends intergenerational sessions. However, they went over and above to continue to support the elderly community in Knottingley. The team created care packages for them, including socks, puzzle books, blankets, biscuits, painting by numbers, and other craft activities, and delivered these to their doorsteps. They also organised a weekly call rota and called their regular attendees to have a chat and check in with them to help reduce social isolation and loneliness, as many of them live alone or were isolating. As the length of lockdowns increased, they delivered older residents a 'little lunch from The Addy' each week to compensate for the closure of the luncheon club. Each person received a hearty home cooked meal with dessert and some extra treats. They have gone over and above to create strong relationships with the elderly community living locally ensuring they feel loved, cared for and supported during the pandemic.
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 the first lockdown hit, they suspended their events and focused on supporting the elderly and vulnerable people in their local area. They set up a hub 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 hundreds of older people during lockdown with this service. As lockdown was extended, they utilised their newly created Facebook group and promoted chair aerobic sessions, choir sessions, online bingo and tips to help members improve their health and wellbeing during lockdown on the page . This highlighted a skills gap, with older members struggling with technology, the group now offer digital training on PC, tablets or smartphones to help members get online and join in with their continued digital activities.
During lockdown, Maureen from Castleford was worried about her elderly neighbours being lonely so she did telephone wellbeing checks on them. Every week she phoned one of her neighbours with sight difficulties and read the newspaper to her, so she didn’t miss out. When restrictions were lifted, Maureen organised a fantastic day trip to the seaside for her neighbours and for some it was the first time they had been out for months. She also delivered Easter and Christmas treats to help keep everyone's spirits up during a difficult time. Maureen regularly gives up her own time to help others without being asked and she has created a wonderful community for older residents living on Half Acres, who now feel supported thanks to Maureen’s caring attitude.
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