Archive for the ‘Older people’ Category

Do you have an experience to share about Care Homes? Do your members or service users?

Healthwatch Derbyshire wants feedback on Care Homes in Derbyshire over the next few months, and would appreciate your help with this.

They want to hear people’s (good or bad) experiences, which can be fed through to Healthwatch by phone, email, or via our website patient feedback centre http://www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk/give-feedback/

If possible, they would also like groups to put up a poster, or put an advert in your next newsletter or raise awareness of the campaign via social media – see communications kit attached. They can supply hard copies of the poster on request.

For more information contact

Karen Ritchie
Chief Executive, Healthwatch Derbyshire

Tel: 01773 880786
Web: http://www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk

Care Home Communications Kit

Healthwatch A4 Care Home Poster

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vSPA Southern Derbyshire is currently involved in a pilot project to look at the benefits of Social Prescribing to support positive mental health and wellbeing for people who may:

  • Be socially isolated
  • Have low level mental health issues such as mild depression or anxiety
  • Have a long term condition
  • Have caring responsibilities
  • Be on a low income or unemployed

We have a limited amount of funding to support activities which engage with people in these categories and who are resident in South Derbyshire.

We wish to talk to Voluntary and Community Sector groups who are already working with the target groups, or who have an idea for activities which might engage with them.

 We are particularly interested in talking to groups which engage with men in the age range 40 to 60.

If you think your group’s activities fit the criteria or you have an idea for a new activity please contact me by 31st October 2016:

Pam Wood

vSPA Manager

South Derbyshire CVS

Telephone: 01283 219761

Email: pamw@sdcvs.org.uk


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Information Day  

for the over 50’s

Swadlincote Library

Friday 4th November 2016

10.00am – 2.00pm

Join us for help and advice from:

 Age UK (Information Roadshow)

 Derbyshire County Council (50+ Forum, Time Swap & basic mobile phone assistance)

Derbyshire Library Service (help with tablet computers plus information about e-lending and local history databases)

Health (health information)

 Trading Standards (Trusted Trader, Scam awareness)

Computer help sessions – please book your free session

Free light refreshments!


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Befriending Champion Poster August 2016

If you would like to circulate the poster, a high quality PDF can be found by clicking here: Befriending Champion Poster August 2016

More information on what Befriending Champions do can be found on the Derbyshire County Council website

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South Derbyshire CVS has had good news – Derbyshire County Council Adult Care has agreed to extend our contract for the Connect Befriending Service for another year.  We are really pleased about this – we can now continue to provide this essential service which deploys volunteers to support lonely and isolated people in South Derbyshire for another 12 months at least.

However many other befriending services – along with some other SDCVS services including Social Car services and the Volunteer Centre – are still under threat.  Many of them are funded by voluntary sector grants.  As you will know from previous ebulletins, Derbyshire County Council Adult Care is proposing to stop all its grant funding from the end of September.  The consultation period has now ended and we are all waiting for a final decision to be made next month.

Derbyshire Befriending Services are asking funders to think again, pointing out that the cuts would be a false economy.  A ‘Save Befriending’ Facebook page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/savebefriending/ and you can show your support for befriending services that will be affected at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-befriending-services-for-the-vulnerable-in-derbyshire.html

Volunteer befrienders make a massive social and financial contribution – a 2015 survey of provision found that 754 volunteers giving their time to 31 befriending services contribute around 1571.5 hours’ time each week. If they were all paid the minimum wage this would cost £439,517 per year. Volunteer-based befriending offers high-quality care at a rate which represents incredible value for money.

A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found chronic loneliness increases the chances of an early death by 14% – a similar impact to being overweight or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  Volunteers provide a vital social lifeline as well acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community, looking out for people who are most vulnerable.  With a quarter of the population of Derbyshire now aged over 65, the need for befriending has never been greater, while referrals for befriending from families, GPs, social services and others have never been higher.

Befriending services around the county provide a vital lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, linking them up with the friendship and support of trusted volunteers.    In return for a relatively small investment, the difference they make to people who are lonely and isolated is huge.  We very much hope that the funders will reconsider their decision and find a way to continue to fund these valuable services.

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Derbyshire LGBT+, the county’s only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) support agency are pleased to announce the launch of their new project ‘Golden Rainbows’.

The project funded by Lloyds bank aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by older LGBT+ individuals who live and or work in rural Derbyshire.
This new innovative project is being run in partnership with Rural Action Derbyshire who in some research they conducted highlighted that older (50+) people who self identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) had no access to specific LGBT services in rural Derbyshire.

Previous research has shown that in an aging population, older people can experience social isolation and loneliness (Beaumont, 2013). We already know that loneliness is a significant issue for older LGBT people (Kuyper & Fokkema, 2010). We also know that older people are ‘Coming Out’ later in life (Clemmons, 2014).

Loneliness and social isolation is an area in which there has been little research completed, older LGBT people are a forgotten group. From working with this group in Derby City, we realise that because of the history of LGBT people, getting older can be much more complex than their heterosexual counterparts. Older LGBT people are more likely to face aging alone as they often have given up their relationships with their biological families to live LGBT lives, this means that it is likely they will not have that support from immediate or extended families.

Likewise, if they have had a same sex relationship they may have lost their partners through bereavement. Men over the age of seventy will have experienced their younger lives in an era when homosexuality was criminalised and in general other LGBT older people will have experienced in younger lives societal and familial prejudice and discrimination.

Further research indicates that social isolation and loneliness in older people has serious effects on health (Cattan et al, 2005, Luo et al, 2012) and self identifying as LGBT doubly impacts on health.

The ‘Golden Rainbows’ project has five main objectives;

1. Form a network of support agencies that will enable Derbyshire LGBT+ to identify the demographic group.
2. To research evidence on the needs and experiences of older people living in rural Derbyshire
3. Conduct a local needs assessment.
4. Make an application for Big Lottery funding to action the findings of the ‘Golden Rainbows’ project and set up specific LGBT support services throughout rural Derbyshire.
5. Feedback to partners, support agencies and the older LGBT community about the outcomes of the ‘Golden Rainbows’ project.
The project lead officer Connor Fittall said “Research from Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire LGBT+ has shown that older LGBT+ people experience high levels of isolation and loneliness in relation to their heterosexual counterparts. This isolation and loneliness is doubled if an older LGBT+ person lives in a rural area of the county”.

Connor Fittall would like to talk to anyone who self identifies as LGBT+, is over the age of 50 and lives or works in rural Derbyshire about their needs, experiences and what support they would like from Derbyshire LGBT+.

Please see the attached survey Derbyshire LGBT+ are running to establish what types of support this particular group in our community needs. Click here to download the Isolation and Loneliness Survey 2016

Contact details are:
Telephone: 01332 207704
Email: connorgoldenrainbows@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk
All correspondence will be kept in the strictest confidence

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“Loneliness is not having anyone to tell that you are lonely”

 Did you know? In the UK, more than 1 million people aged over 65 say they often or always feels lonely. We have 1,000 older people waiting for a Silver Line Friend. They have chosen to be called Silver Liners.

By volunteering as a Telephone Friend for The Silver Line, we match you to a Silver Liner that you call once a week.

“Just speaking to someone helps me cope a little better…” – Silver Liner

 This is a volunteer role that you can do from home or from work. All you need is access to a telephone and the internet. We ask for a commitment of up to a year where possible and the ability to make your call on the same day and time each week. Friendship calls can be made between 8am and 8pm Monday – Sunday.

The Silver Line pays for the cost of all friendship calls and for safety reasons we also record the calls.

In the time it takes to read the paper, watch the news or take a trip to the shop, you can volunteer with The Silver Line. A regular 30-minute call from a friend really can change the life of a lonely person.

See how a call from a Silver Line Friend makes a big difference by searching ‘The Silver Line’ on YouTube.

About The Silver Line:

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff:

  • Offer information, friendship and advice
  • Link callers to local groups and services
  • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect

If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a weekly friendship call or a regular friendship letter. Silver Line Friends are volunteers who have contacted The Silver Line because they enjoy talking to older people.

Practical Considerations:

To be a Silver Line Telephone Friend you will need:

  • To be aged 18 and over
  • Access to the internet and an email account
  • A UK, Channel Isles, or Isle of Man, landline telephone (we cannot facilitate calls from other countries)
  • To be able to commit to a 30-minute friendship call, at the same time and day each week, for up to a year
  • To want to speak to, and build a relationship with an older person


Further FAQs:

  1.  Does this vacancy require any particular skills, qualities or experience?

The most important skills you need as a volunteer in this role is to enjoy conversation with older people and have the ability to listen.

  1. Is this role flexible?

You must be able to commit to the same time and day each week to make your 30-minute friendship call. Your call can take place any day of the week, from 8am – 8pm.

  1. What does the application process involve?

Our application process requires each volunteer to complete an application form and provide details for two references. There will be a 20/30-minute telephone interview and then a 90-minute training session that takes place on the phone, with up to 5 volunteers.

  1. Is there anyone that is not suitable for this opportunity?

This role is not suitable for anybody under the age of 18.

The Silver Line website: http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

The Silver Line Volunteering Page: http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Do-It voluntary Opportunity Link: https://do-it.org/opportunities/dad9485a-5c71-4184-a057-ee3b80309378

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