The Island is already a place where many older people play an active part in their community and where many are able to access most of the services and amenities they need. However, there are also large numbers of older people who struggle to live the life they would wish, sometimes feeling lonely and isolated and who at times can’t get out and do what they want to do.
As part of Age Friendly Island this project is working with the World Health Organisation’s ‘Guide to Age Friendly Cities’ and has become the first rural area in the UK to become Age Friendly. Age UK IW and Community Action will be creating an environment where the community is set up to help older people live safely, enjoy good health and stay locally involved.
The project uses the eight domains included in the ‘Guide to Age Friendly Cities’ to create an Age Friendly Island which are:
The Age Friendly Island strategic project is about facilitating partnership working through stakeholder engagement including older people.
Through these partnerships, we endeavour to drive forward projects that will be sustainable by the end of the five years and will influence policy and strategy.
The project is divided into four strands:
- Strategic work through a multi-partner steering group
- Engagement through forums
- Town and Parish work
The engagement with older people, Intergenerational project and work with Town and Parish Councils all influence the strategic development of the AFI project.
Age UK Isle of Wight work with relevant organisations’ on the island such as the fire service and council to support them to become Age Friendly. As well as this they engage with the community through public forums and arrange an annual Celebrating Age Festival, which links in with International Older Persons Day on 1 October. (contact Emma or Helen for more details)
Young Volunteers provide support to older people in the community, the roles include digital support, visiting and community memory groups. Young Volunteers are broken down into three areas:
Young Volunteers are broken down into three areas:
- 16-18 years olds: they can volunteer independently in people’s homes
- 14-16 year-olds: need to be in a supervised setting such as Active Networks or Community Memory Groups
- Under 14-year-olds: they volunteer with a parent
The Intergenerational programme delivers assemblies and lessons around diversity and Age Friendly Training (including dementia). The programme also works in the community with Scouts, Beavers and Badgers too!
Community Action IW works with neighbourhoods to address concerns of older people. Working with voluntary organisations and Town and Parish Councils, encouraging them to work together with older people to address local needs and make real change that will benefit everyone. (contact Lisa for more details)
This project aims to help improve the lives of older islanders both now and in the future, and give a voice to older people.