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The Partnership with Older People in Suffolk Hadleigh „Talkabout‟ Report MY SPACE, MY PLACE A discussion about building communities and local services. Discussion date 7th April 2011 Prepared by Deborah Meekcoms, POPS Co-ordinator, Age UK Suffolk
2 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Previous POPS reports available on request Sudbury Talkabout 22nd March 2010 Living Healthily & Ageing Positively Brandon Talkabout 12th July 2010 Keeping an Active Body and Mind Woodbrige Talkabout 1st October 2010 Steady As You Go A discussion about Falls Prevention and local services Lowestoft Talkabout 25th November 2010 Steady As You Go A discussion about Falls Prevention and local services Newmarket Talkabout 7th March 2011 Steady As You Go A discussion about Falls Prevention and local services.
3 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 1. Executive Summary 2. Introduction 3. Feedback and recommendations 4. The Next Stage 5. Appendices
4 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Partnership with Older People in Suffolk (POPS) works to change attitudes and services in order to achieve an improved society for older people in Suffolk. POPS organises group discussion forums in the county to discuss and make recommendations on key issues which affect older people in order to inform service delivery in health and social care.
The Hadleigh forum focussed on the topic of Building Communities. The aim was to identify barriers that prevented people from getting involved in their local communities and also to explore the possibility of starting new groups in order to reduce social isolation. One key aim of the forum was to encourage and support attendees to take action for themselves, where appropriate, to maintain their own health and well being. The event also included information stands and talks from a variety of local organisations to enable attendees to have an increased awareness of local support services.
44 older people attended the Hadleigh event. The spaces were limited due to the size of the venue but such was the interest from people in coming to the Talkabout an additional day would have been required. Our attendees were aged between 56 and 89, the biggest group being in the 70-89 years of age category of which there were 21 people. 77% of people who left feedback felt that as a result of the day they would become more involved with their community; 77% felt more confident about “joining in”; 63% felt that they could change things to improve their lives and 83% felt that their opinions were valued.
People who attended were given the opportunity to request contact from the organisations who were involved during the day. Requests for contact were made to Age UK (14), Suffolk Artlink (15), Suffolk Circle (10), Babergh DC Community Team (13), Safer Neighbourhood Team (5), and the Lunch Club Organisers (5). These requests show that older people do wish to get involved and have an interest in finding out what is available to them locally.
5 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Key Recommendations. 3.1/3.2 Building Communities Community projects should have no upper age limit. Mechanisms should be put in place to ensure that people are not excluded from local social activities. Public buildings should be available free or at a reduced rate to encourage communities to create more social groups and to allow organisations to help communities. There needs to be better promotion of services and what is available to older people.
3.3 Getting Involved A buddy system should be created to unite people and link those with a need to those with a requirement.
For example those with a big garden who need help and those who like to garden. The benefits and opportunities for volunteering need to be better promoted. There need to be more groups available that are designed to attract older men. 3.4 Intergenerational activities Older people should be actively encouraged and supported to work with schools and younger people completing The Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
Processes should be in place to support intergenerational activities: for example help with computers, mobile phones, knitting and crochet and art projects. 3.5 Feedback to the Babergh Community Team Longer parking in the town centre is needed for people with disabilities. Speakers from the team should go to regular community events on a formal basis to increase awareness of what they do and to help them to get to know the community better.
6 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3.6 Leisure Centres There should be more transport available to access the Leisure Centre.
The timings of classes should be discussed as they are not always suitable for older people. There should be more information available to older people about what is on at the Leisure Centres, what time and where. 3.7 Hadleigh and the Local Area There should be more seats in town to enable people to rest periodically.
The bus timetables should be streamlined to link with other buses and there should be more public transport introduced at the weekends. There should be more support for family carers and those that have been diagnosed with a long term illness. There should be increased smaller accommodation available to give older people an opportunity to downsize. More exercise classes should be available for older people including Tai Chi and Chair Based Exercise.
7 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 2.
INTRODUCTION The Partnership with Older People in Suffolk (POPS) has eight key aims: To promote positive ageing and healthy living; to develop ways to help people stay independent, and living in their own homes; to challenge perceptions of what older people want and what they can and can‟t do; to promote better access to information across Suffolk, particularly in rural areas; to empower older people to continue to participate in community life; to support the work of Suffolk Older People Strategic Partnership Board; to champion the contributions people make to the arts, music and culture; to develop a more integrated approach amongst organisations and service providers, in response to an ageing society.
The POPS programme of activity includes organising regular consultation groups with older people and organisations across the County. These forums are organised by the POPS Co-ordinator at Age UK Suffolk to enable people in later life to contribute to the development of appropriate services and support mechanisms in health and social care. Discussion topics at forums are approved through the Suffolk Older People Strategic Partnership Board and reports distributed to a range of organisations including statutory, public, private, health and voluntary sector partners.
The programme of forums for 2011-2012 continued in Hadleigh with one key topic: „My Space, My Place‟ focusing on Building Communities. There were 5 discussion groups each facilitated by representatives from Age UK Suffolk, Babergh DC and Suffolk Artlink. The discussions were interspersed by presentations by The Town & Bridge Project, Age UK Suffolk, Ansell Lunch Club, Suffolk Artlink, the Suffolk Circle, Babergh DC, The Safer Neighbourhood Team and Singing for Groups. Barbara Tottle from Babergh DC encouraged the group to take part in a chair based exercise session. Each attendee received a complimentary bag on leaving which contained useful information and energy saving resources that were donated by Anglia Water and The Suffolk Climate Change Partnership.
A free raffle was also held with prizes kindly donated QD Stores and The Cooking Experience of Hadleigh.
The POPS Co-ordinator would like to thank the prize donators for their generosity in supporting their local older community.
8 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3. FEEDBACK AND RECOMMENDATIONS 3.1 The Town and Bridge Project The Town and Bridge Community project from Ipswich was used as an example of successful community building. People were asked what they thought of the project and if they thought a similar project might work in Hadleigh. In general the group thought that the project was a good idea and that projects such as this can bring people together.
There was however a negative response to the upper age limit of 74 years of age for the Town and Bridge project. The Town and Bridge project has since indicated that the age limits for the project were set as a result of a report by Dr Brian Keeble which addressed the needs and outcomes of a specific age group. The project does have members and volunteers who are older than 74 years of age.
A number of people suggested that they liked the gardening element of the project and they thought that a similar project in Hadleigh would be useful to get people involved in their communities. People also thought that it was key to attract and sustain new volunteers to enable any project to be successful. Information about the Town & Bridge project is given in Appendix E. The group suggested: Community projects in Hadleigh should be more inclusive with no upper age limit. Any project being considered should include chair based exercise and perhaps a new lunch club as there are waiting lists for the existing ones.
Any new community project should also link to existing social networks There should be a range of communication processes to ensure that older people are not excluded including radio, newspapers and in the Library and it should be clear about who can get involved and who cannot. New activities may have problems finding suitable venues as there is little choice in Hadleigh were transport is not an issue. Any new community project should always include a signposting element to local and other services.
9 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3.2 Feeling Part of Your Community There was a mixed response when we asked if people felt that they were part of their community.
Some of our group were already attending at least two social activities each week from the many social groups that already exist in Hadleigh, but it became apparent that there were not enough places for new people that would like to join. Clubs such as the lunch clubs and U3A are at capacity and it was felt that there was a need to create more groups. Day care was highlighted as an issue, in particular the possible closure of Angel Court with no alternative to replace it. Having no suitable venues at a reasonable cost in Hadleigh discourages people from starting new groups and people felt that the lack of a community centre or village hall exaggerates the difficulties.
People also felt that it is difficult to join new groups where there are already friendship networks in place.
On a positive note our attendees thought that the Hadleigh News was a good source of local news and that the Library continues to be a good community hub where older people can go to find information. People did not appear to have any particular problems with their neighbours and felt safe within their community. The group made the following recommendations: There should be more buildings available to the community at a reasonable cost or free of charge to encourage the creation of more community groups to meet demand.
Existing community buildings such as the council offices should be made available so that talks can be held or new groups started.
A drop in centre should be created. Existing groups could have a ‘buddy’ system for new members to help to encourage new members to join. The British Legion could be used more by older people. Information on local services and groups could be better promoted. QUOTES “If you want something to do you will get on with it” “Men are always the minority group; I would like a better gender balance” “I find the idea quite appealing”
10 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Appropriate transport to the Hadleigh Leisure Centre is needed as it is up a hill and difficult to get to. A dedicated community centre is needed that is available to the whole community. 3.3 Getting Involved We asked our group what might encourage or discourage an older person in helping to develop their local community. The group had some similar responses to that of the last question including the creation of a drop in centre and not being able to enter „the inner circle‟ of existing groups.
They spoke about the cuts to the community bus service and how this has affected their ability to be involved. Transport remains to be a key factor when developing services for older people as well as the lack of long stay car parks. The groups told us that there are people who provide lifts for others but these depend on building personal relationships.
Health and well being were both mentioned as barriers to getting involved in activities as a volunteer. It was also suggested that the simple name of a group can discourage people from taking part and the University of the Third Age (U3A) was given as an example of this. The lack of groups for men was highlighted and it was felt that groups such as „Pints of View‟ who meet at a local club or pub for informal discussions might encourage more men to get involved in social networks. (See Appendix G) The possible loss of the library was a real concern for many and for some it was their only social interaction.
The groups made the following recommendations: A buddy system would encourage people to join new activities. A community share scheme or register of ‘needs and wants’ could be created so that people can be matched together to exchange skills and interests. For example matching someone with an IT need to someone who is IT proficient or someone who needs gardening help to a keen gardener who has no space to grow their own vegetables? Example schemes are given in Appendix H. There should be a document such as the ‘raring 2 go’ resource booklet to encourage older people to join in. (See Appendix C) QUOTES “There is nowhere to sit down in town” - ”Hadleigh is a nice place to live” “The Council Canteen will make a good community space”
11 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services The cost of facilities for hire such as the town hall should be reduced. The swimming pool needs improved disabled access. More encouragement and support for volunteering is needed. More groups for men need to be created. 3.4 Intergenerational community building Our attendees liked the idea of intergenerational projects and but they felt that they did not have the opportunities to get involved with younger people on a regular basis. It was suggested that most activities are age specific thus creating an age barrier between the older and younger generations and it was felt that each group had negative opinions of each other.
Projects such as the Porch Project (See appendix D), the Choral Society and The Sea Scout Project were discussed as a possible means to further encourage intergenerational work in Hadleigh. The group did make some excellent suggestions about how intergenerational work could be further encouraged in Hadleigh.
The groups made the following recommendations: Older people should work with the schools and younger people to help them to complete the Duke of Edinburgh awards. Opportunities for more intergenerational activities could be created such as help with computers and mobile phones; knitting and crochet; younger people reading to older people that may have sight difficulties; older people discussing their life experiences with younger people. More intergenerational activities could be created at events such as The Hadleigh Show to reduce barriers and misconceptions. Generations could be encouraged together through music and art projects.
Schemes such as ‘Adopt a grandparent! (Appendix F) QUOTES “Volunteering turns into something you might not want to do” “Snow and the inconvenience bought people together but the momentum wasn’t maintained” “Just keep talking” “Encourage short term volunteering”
12 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3.5 Babergh Community Team We asked how the local Babergh Community Team might be able to help older people to become more involved with their community. There were a large number of responses some of which may not be part of the team‟s remit but they have been included as they help to raise awareness of the needs of the community.
Responses included more parking; better promotion of GP Leisure Centre Referrals; Better transport and more facilities for children.
Our groups suggested that there was a need for more leisure groups such as rugby, tennis, football and flat walks such as a railway walk. Some people were not aware of the health walks and thought that they were only available to those who had a health need. The groups made the following suggestions: Longer parking for the disabled, over three hours. Can the Ansell Centre and the Babergh team work together? The community team could create opportunities for more intergenerational activities. They should have better communication with Hadleigh residents and let people know who they are, what they do, and what they hope to achieve.
They should reach out to those who don’t participate; there is a real lack of knowledge. They could develop a buddy scheme. They could offer themselves as speakers to regular events on a more informal basis to explain what they do and how they can support their local community. They should better support those with hearing loss. They should simply get to know their community better. QUOTES “People are disillusioned with all of the cutbacks” “East House could have been used for groups”
13 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3.6 Leisure Centres We asked our groups what their Leisure Centre could do to encourage people in later life to use their facilities.
People thought that information about what is on for older people is crucial and also how that information is distributed. People wanted to know what classes are suitable for older people and how much they cost. An open day for older people was suggested so that they could view the facilities without having to pay for a class. Our groups suggested that the leisure facilities should be updated to match other facilities in town and could include activities such as chair based exercise, indoor bowls and that there be transport to access them. They also suggested that the facilities should be available to professionals to enable them to speak to people about useful topics such as falls in the home and perhaps to have event days such as a Disabilities Forum.
The availability of a cafe at the leisure sites was thought to be one element that would encourage people to become more familiar with using leisure centres.
Hadleigh Pool was also discussed. People were unsure about what swim times were available for older people and they suggested there could be specific marketing of swimming and other leisure activities for older people. The groups made the following suggestions: There should be transport to the Leisure Centre as it is up a hill and difficult to access. There should be more gentle exercise classes including a special programme for older people. The timings for classes should be discussed as they are not always suitable for older people.
There should be more information available to older people about what is on, what time and where! A buddy scheme could be introduced.
QUOTES “Money should be spent on Hadleigh Pool. They shouldn’t have removed the Jacuzzi. We are afraid it might shut” “The pool is hard to access; it doesn’t have a shallow gradient. It can be modified but only occasionally for some aqua aerobics”
14 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3.7 Hadleigh and the Local Area We asked our group if they could suggest one thing that they would like to see in Hadleigh and the surrounding areas that would help older people to remain physically and mentally active. Although there are a number of social activities already available in Hadleigh people suggested that there could also be a writing group, an art group, more lunch clubs, more day care and more exercise opportunities for older people. The need for more affordable venue hire was raised again as was the need for more transport, particularly on a Sunday.
Our group suggested that the existing bus timetable needs to be re-organised to link services.
Throughout the day‟s discussions the closure of East House was mentioned as a major loss to the community. People thought that it should have remained open or been replaced with similar facilities, parking and access available for all of the community to use. People thought that there was a greater need for „smaller‟ accommodation such as flats as downsizing was very difficult .It was also suggested that there should be more seats in town to enable people to rest periodically which would encourage people to shop on the High Street. In addition people thought that there should be better disabled access to the shops and the Post Office as several shops are inaccessible to those with disabilities.
Our group felt that there was a lack of specialist support groups in Hadleigh and that there should be more support available to those diagnosed with long term illnesses and for family carers needing respite care. People felt the need for more specialised clinics in Hadleigh including those for hearing and eyesight. Based on the suggestions of the groups this report recommends: More exercise classes should be created including Chair Based Exercise and Tai Chi. There should be more seats available in town. There should be more support for those with illnesses and for family carers.
Future housing planning should consider the need for smaller properties to enable people to downsize and remain in the community.
Transport should be streamlined and better linked and new weekend services introduced. The hire fees of public venues should be reduced or free to community groups.
15 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 3.8 Computer and Internet Access We asked people if they had access to a computer and the internet. 66% who responded told us that they do have access with 34% having no access. 42% of those who did not have access told us that they would like to be able to use the internet. Internet access still remains a key element to social inclusion, particularly as many organisations and indeed local authorities use the internet as their primary means of communication. If we are to continue to ensure that older people are not socially isolated, thus encouraging independence, organisations must make certain that information is available via varying sources such as local radio stations, newspapers and in public libraries.
4. THE NEXT STAGE This report is distributed to a wide range of people and organisations to ensure that the views of the people at this forum have the opportunity to feed into current and future planning. It is the intention of POPS to work with relevant organisations receiving this report to encourage action and change for the benefit of all older people in the County. On behalf of Suffolk County Council and Age UK Suffolk the POPS Co- ordinator would like to thank all those who participated and gave their time freely to support people in later life.
16 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services 5. APPENDICES Appendix A: The Programme 10.30- 10.45 Arrival & Registration Tea & Coffee All 10.45- 11.00 Introduction Debbie Meekcoms, POPS Co-ordinator Age Concern Suffolk 11.00- 11.30 My Place, My Space Part 1 Town & Bridge Project Julie Stokes 11.30- 12.30 My Space, My Place 2 Topic Discussion Discussion all 12.30- 12.45 Safety in your neighbourhood Matt Paisley Safer Neighbourhood Team 12.45 – 1.00 Time to get moving Chair Based Sampler Barbara Tottle 1.00- 2.00 Lunch All 2.00 – 2.10 Age UK Suffolk Independence Advice Laura Bullock Independence Advice Service 2.10- 2.25 How did we do it? Joyce Willis Mary Cross 2.25 – 2.35 Age UK Community Links Food N Friends Clubs Gavin Hodge Age UK 2.35- 2.50 Suffolk Circle A new membership group for people over 50 Finbarr Carter 2.50 3.20 Suffolk Artlink Culture Club Hayley Field Bridget Cousins(singing for groups) 3.20- 3.45 Feedback Raffles & Farewells All
17 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Appendix B: Contacts Name Organisation Contact Details Jo Beever Babergh DC firstname.lastname@example.org Julia Bignell Safer Neighbourhood Team email@example.com 01473-613500 Kristie Burdett Age UK Suffolk firstname.lastname@example.org 07841460380 Finbarr Carter Suffolk Circle email@example.com 01284-774880 David Clarke Babergh DC firstname.lastname@example.org Jo Collins Age UK Suffolk email@example.com 01473-353057 Bridget Cousins Singing for Groups Via firstname.lastname@example.org 01986-873955 Mary Cross Ansell Lunch Club Via Secretary email@example.com 01473-823413 Rachel Farr Cover firstname.lastname@example.org 01223-861760 Hayley Field Suffolk Artlink email@example.com 01986-873955 Gavin Fiske Babergh DC firstname.lastname@example.org Gavin Hodge Age UK Suffolk email@example.com 01473-298686 Sara Jackson Babergh DC firstname.lastname@example.org Debbie Meekcoms Age UK Suffolk email@example.com 01284-757783 Claire Rose Age UK Suffolk firstname.lastname@example.org 01284-757784 Matt Paisley Safer Neighbourhood Team email@example.com 01473-613500 Julie Stokes Town & Bridge Project firstname.lastname@example.org 01473-261112 Barbara Tottle Babergh DC email@example.com Joyce Willis Ansell Lunch Club Via Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org 01473-823413
18 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Appendix C: Raring 2 Go booklet This is a resource booklet that is aimed at families, carers and children and gives ideas of what‟s on for all of the family. It includes member offers and competitions. Further details can be found at www.raring2go.co.uk Appendix D: The Porch Project The Porch Project was born in September 2009 out of a dream to open the church doors to those teenagers who gathered in the church porch. Initially around 15 young people, mostly boys, came on Friday evenings between 9 and 10pm.
The two fundamental purposes are:- 1. to provide a safe space for young people to meet; 2. to offer free hospitality.
As the Project evolved, these fundamental aims expanded:- to include facilities for counselling; to provide educational and recreational activities; to promote greater community cohesion. And now: The project now reaches over 200 young people a week spread over three nights and is still rapidly growing. Because of the growth of the project there has been a lot of interest from BBC Radio Suffolk, Sky News, local newspapers etc. and this we believe is only the start. The Tuesday and Friday nights are very informal and are run as a "drop-in" type youth club. Sunday night is more formal, with Porch Project Explore where young people can come and ask questions about life - for example, Drugs, Sex, God and so many more.
Further information can be found on: http://www.porchproject.co.uk/
19 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Appendix E: The Town and Bridge Project The Town & Bridge Project was one of the first Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) - One Ipswich funded projects. The project was established to help tackle health inequalities in two of the most deprived areas of Ipswich, the town centre and Stoke area and is currently hosted by Ipswich Council for Voluntary Service (ICVS). In September 2006 a project manager was employed to develop initiatives to help reduce the risk of stroke, heart and lung disease and some cancers and help people improve where they live and feel safer in their community.
The Town & Bridge Project has five strands: Housing – Addressing Fuel poverty & making improvements to people‟s homes Community Safety – Improving street lighting & empowering communities Community Development – Setting up social groups and networks, providing opportunities for people to meet and learn new skills, building confidence and self-esteem and supporting people to volunteer to help others in their community Health Promotion – Providing opportunities and information about how to eat more healthily, helping people to increase their physical activity by making it fun and worthwhile, developing social centres to enable people to meet and make new friends and supporting people to stop smoking Improved Access to Welfare Advice – Ensuring that people are claiming the benefits that they are entitled to, helping people to claim and also offering support to people with debt and money problems The project currently runs three major projects to help meet the aims of the project and have a positive impact on people‟s lives both physically and emotionally.
Gardening for All The People‟s Community Garden was funded by the Big Lottery People‟s Million‟s Award in 2007 and is an inspiring outdoor space where people, young and older, can volunteer and learn to garden and grow fresh vegetables. They can take part in workshops and courses, meet and make new friends and be active working outdoors, in the fresh air, and in a safe and friendly environment. ActivAge The ActivAge Project was funded by the Big Lottery through Age UK‟s Fit as a Fiddle Programme. Two ActivAge Centres have been established in the town centre and Stoke and provide physical activity sessions as well as hot lunches, health promotion, advice and information and an opportunity to meet and make new friends.
The ActivAge Project also runs other activity sessions such as health & community walks, Aqua Confidence swimming courses, Aqua Circuit sessions for men, movement to music, Nordic walking courses, seated Yoga, Chair-based exercise and health promotion events.
Keep on Rockin Keep on Rockin was originally funded by CSV Media to develop an intergenerational music project to involve young people aged 16 – 25 years old and people 45 plus. The aim of the project was to enable people who liked singing and those that could sing to come together to enjoy a wide variety of music, learn voice and breathing
20 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services techniques, increase their confidence and self esteem, have fun and meet and make new friends.
The second year of the project was funded by Suffolk County Councils, Partnership with Older People programme and Suffolk Foundation. The group is now working to become self sufficient and not reliant on external funding. The Keep on Rockin Group now performs to live audiences across Ipswich and Suffolk.
Other Town & Bridge initiatives include: Fuel Poverty and Debt Advice Stop Smoking Support Sessions Chair-based exercise sessions for Bangladeshi men and women Healthy eating & weight management programme Motivational & Opportunities Team (MOT) – peer mentoring Volunteering & employment opportunities Training & Learning Further information about the Town & Bridge Project can be found via the World Wide Web www.townandbridge.org.uk Appendix F: Adopt a granny There are a number of projects that support the „adopt a grandparent‟ scheme but the USA site adoptagrandparent.org has a good explanation of how the scheme works.
Simply it pairs older people with children that do not have grandparents and therefore they become part of a family. Appendix G: Pints of View What do you think over a drink? Pints of view is an informal discussion group for men who want to talk about important issues whilst enjoying a social drink. Men are encouraged to go along and air their „pints of view‟ At the local group in Hadleigh topics that have been considered have included assisted Suicide, Security versus Freedom, Probably No God and Foreign Aid. There have also been lots of informal discussions and conversations over many other topics.
Further information can be found at: http://www.hadleighurc.org.uk/Pages/WhatdoYoiuThink.htm
21 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Appendix H: Community Share Scheme Examples There are various schemes already in existence that encompass the idea of a community helping itself. Some good examples of these are The Suffolk Acre Good Neighbour Scheme; The Bookham Garden Share Scheme; The Swap a Skill Scheme which is web based. Although some of these schemes may not be suitable for all communities or for all older people they do give local councils and community groups an idea of how they might be able start community projects that help people to help themselves.
The Good Neighbour Scheme: The Good Neighbour Schemes benefit any community by helping to knit the community together and building new friendships between villagers. A team of volunteers is raised to help with Transport – giving people lifts to hospitals, doctors surgeries, shops or social trips Domestic tasks – changing lightbulbs, testing smoke alarms, moving furniture and many other household jobs Mobility problems – volunteers can help by collecting prescriptions and pensions, shopping and posting letters for anyone who is incapacitated Befriending – visiting the lonely or bereaved to give emotional support Advocacy – help with letter writing or filling in forms Outside jobs – occasional garden tidying, dog walking and other odd jobs All the services are offered free with the exception of giving lifts for which the driver is compensated for his/her running costs by the client, usually at 35 pence per mile.
Further information can be found at : www.suffolkacre.org.uk/main.php/community_support_and_consultation/good_nei gh bour_scheme The Bookham Garden Share Scheme: A scheme that was introduced to pair those with gardens too big to manage with those who would like to grow produce. Web excerpt: There are now a large number of people on waiting lists for allotments in the village and on the other side, there are gardens that are unused or even unloved. Some owners haven‟t got the energy, or the time or simply the enthusiasm to look after a substantial garden. We will call on garden owners who are prepared to let somebody with an interest in growing their own food use part of their land in exchange for some produce.
Hopefully a few matches will be made creating lovely organically and locally produced fruit and vegetables.
Further information can be found at: http://www.greenmoleforum.org/post/Bookham-Garden-Share-scheme-starting.asp
22 Hadleigh Talkabout Report 7th April 2011- My Space, My Place- A discussion about building communities and local services Swap A Skill: The swap a skill web page enables people to either swap skills or to trade an item in place of payment for services that they require. People are able to register what they are offering and what they are seeking in return. For example one gentleman is offering IT assistance for piano lessons or hairdressing.
One couple had a free patio built in exchange for giving some basic French lessons. One lady is offering gardening for lessons in cooking.
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