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.
Friends of Ashfield House have come together to continue to organise activities for the residents of Ashfield House and other residents in the local area. The group has organised bingo, coffee mornings, lunches in the scheme, trips and is looking at fund raising to organise future trips out for the residents and entertainers for events within the scheme. The group meets on a regular basis to discuss the arrangements for the trips and events. They have recently joined WDH Communities together to enable them to get further support to continue to provide much needed activities for older people to help reduce social isolation and improve wellbeing.
The Senior Citizens Support Group provides activities and support for elderly people living in Wakefield. They put on over 200 events each year, for over 300 older people from Horbury/Ossett, reducing social isolation and wellbeing. They have an informative website and now a Facebook page that they use to promote all their upcoming events and activities. They also provide internet assistance for group members and help them to renew their bus passes and change their energy and phone providers to help them save money. The group also runs internet courses for seniors with the help of WDH’s Digital Angels to help their members improve their skills and feel more confident about being online.
The Kettlethorpe Friendship Group has been running for just over a year and the group is run by a team of dedicated volunteers. The group has approximately 25 regular attendees every Wednesday, and the volunteers work hard to combat loneliness and isolation. There is no other service within the area and the Kettlethorpe Friendship Group is committed to welcoming new guests and being inclusive to all members of the community. The group has seen an increase in peoples’ well-being and positive mental attitude. They have taken a holistic approach, by encouraging people to spend time together to grow and develop new friendships.
The deadline to vote is Friday 27 September
The final will take place at Cedar Court (Wakefield) on Thursday 24 October 2019