16 November, 2023

Age Friendly Social Housing Programme: November update

As we approach winter our Age Friendly Team provide an update on what has been happening with the programme across the three geographic areas and what is coming next!

Age Friendly Network event

On Wednesday 08 November we held an Age Friendly Communities Network meeting online, inviting the partnerships and housing associations working on ageing well-related projects from across the country. This gave the team the opportunity to update those involved in the programme to see all the great works that are happening across the three locations, and feed in ideas about the next steps in moving forward.

 

Southwark

In Southwark, many residents benefitted from our energy debt write-off scheme. One sent this message:

Thanks very, very much for paying off my electricity and gas debts. I have been depressed for a while because of these debts.
I am happy that l will be able to turn on the heating this winter
.”

At our last meeting, we shared information about the range of ways our partners can offer support with the Cost of Living this winter including the HACT Fuel Fund, Southwark Council’s Cost of Living Fund and funding available to run Warm Hubs.

 

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

In Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) we have just finished running six multi-agency community events called ‘Getting ready for winter’. 180 local residents attended altogether and were able to get information, support and advice from organisations to help them prepare for winter and help with cost of living. In total 22 organisations attended one or more of the events. Feedback from attendees and organisations was very positive: ‘Friendly welcome, good range of business. Well done! Brilliant event!’ We also took the opportunity to chat to residents and ask them a series of questions. Valuable feedback will be used to inform our next steps.

Bradford

Across Bradford coproduced activities to support well-being and digital inclusion have been taking place over September and October. Delivered in partnership with Bradford City Council and Carers Resource, the first of two pilot Digital Inclusion training programmes took place in Glusburn at the Yorkshire Housing Valley View Centre which serves the Glusburn Valley residential community.

The Worth Connecting digital skills training has been tailored to provided free support for local 50+ participants to get online, learn how to save money on energy bills & make e-portal GP appointments, and use to social networking sites to connect with loved ones.

In collaboration with Anchor Hanover and Manningham Housing Associations, 55 local people have engaged with a rolling programme of Chair Yoga & Tea & chat sessions hosted in communal spaces across 5 housing schemes. More than 90% of participants have mentioned how much they’ve enjoyed the sessions feeling more energised and happier in mood after attending. Residents have been inspired to create a proposal to jointly fund more mindful exercise activities so these kind of social clubs can become sustainable across Bradford’ partners extra care schemes.

Hive Bradford have collaborated with the Bradford Age Friendly Partners to deliver a 12 week train the trainer programme designed to improve mental health and enrich creative skills.
Thee Creative well-being workshops are set to launch later in November supporting older residents to get skilled in different mediums of arts and crafts whilst embedding The Five Ways to Well-being” techniques. These workshops hope to train up well-being champions who will support their neighbours by running creative wellbeing projects in and around Manningham and Holmewood localities.

“This programme envisioned true collaboration between housing associations taking place, and it’s been a challenge to foster that, perhaps due to the constraints and shifting priorities of housing association colleagues. It’s great to see how this has started to work, and we now have examples of  how cross-collaboration towards a shared goal can have a greater impact for residents as a whole”

Paramjot Kaur

Age Friendly Social Housing Programme Manager

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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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