18 July, 2023

Age Friendly Social Housing Programme: July update

As the Age Friendly Social Housing Programme progresses, our Age Friendly Team provide an update on what has been happening and what is coming next!

Age Friendly Network

On 18th April we held the Age Friendly Communities Network meeting in London, inviting the partnerships and housing associations working on ageing well-related projects from across the country. Good Practice Mentor Carly Urbanski delivered a workshop on mental health support for older people and Walsall Housing Group’s Connie Jennings presented on their social prescribing programme.

Southwark update

We are delighted to welcome Sheena Starrett to the post of Age Friendly Coordinator for Southwark!

In her previous role as Community Investment Facilitator at Hexagon, Sheena was an active partner in our Southwark working group. Sheena also brings with her experience of leading community projects at Lewisham Foodbank and Southwark Council.

May 31st marked the end of 3 months of food provision at Peabody’s Darwin Court. 269 meals were distributed – those not picked up by residents from the centre were distributed in foodbank packages.

A man and a woman are sat at a food bank stand

Bradford update

A group of older people relaxing and enjoying a cup of tea together

We co-hosted an event with Yorkshire Housing at the newly reopened Valley View Centre to boost the centre’s visibility and engage with residents about their views and ideas for the project. The event was well attended, with 20 residents dropping in throughout the day.

New relationships were formed with partners including:

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Two 3-week digital skills courses have been held, with both courses attended by residents from across the partner housing associations and wider community.

Surveys were conducted with attendees at the start of the courses and it was found that 5 of the 9 attendees came partly to meet more people and get out of the house, reporting that they have recently been losing confidence and feeling unhappy or depressed. They had differing levels of confidence in digital skills from none at all to moderately confident.

Bradford Dementia Network are the most recent partner to come on board, our others are:

The Age Friendly Bradford Partnership hosted the first in a series of quarterly networking events in June, attended by a range of organisations including Healthwatch Bradford, The VCSE Alliance, The University of Bradford Centre for Applied Dementia Studies, The Bradford District Tenants and Residents Federation, Equality Together, Meri Yaadain  (My Memories- BAME Dementia CiC) and Leeds Older People’s Forum and Ageing Better Good Practice Mentors.

Building on the best practice from the Ageing Better: contribution-based model, the Bradford Partnership have teamed up with Carers Resource and Hive Arts to deliver training and outreach sessions in digital skills, creative arts, and formal volunteer-qualifications. Co-hosted in participating community hubs, with local resident leadership- these training sessions will lay down the foundations for residents to host and sustain their own workshops, social clubs and skill-swaps across the region. Workshops will embed sustainability through in-person train-the-trainer approaches to participation and staff attendance to support social learning and foster new relationships.


Learn more

If you would like to learn more about the work being done by the Age Friendly Programme, get in touch with HACT Programme Manager, Paramjot Kaur

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