The Professional Event in May was an opportunity to showcase the work that the Age Friendly Island projects have undertaken over the last year in making the Isle of Wight a great place to grow old.
Guest speakers at the Island Professionals’ event were Emma Lincoln, Nick Hayward, Julie Woodhouse, Steve Roscoe, Sean Harrison, Richard Tyldsley Wilma Jackson, Dr Michelle Legg, Elizabeth Martin and Emma Goldring, along with keynote speaker Superintendent Sarah Jackson – Isle of Wight District Commander.
Age Friendly Island has 12 projects running, which directly support local older people, including a strategic project with 23 organisations working together for the benefit of the Island community.
- Over 200 professionals have received Age Friendly Training.
- Train the Trainer has been piloted with Southern Vectis, who are now rolling out Age Friendly Training to all drivers in the wider ‘Go South Coast’ company.
- 822 Isle be Safe and Well Visits have been carried out by IW Fire and Rescue Service.
- An Age Friendly Island GP Surgeries Toolkit and short film have been produced and is being promoted nationally.
- Dementia Friendly church services are becoming established in Island churches.
- Supporting Town and Parish Councils to make local amenities Age Friendly, celebrate local volunteers and appoint local coordinators to support older people.
- Isle of Wight Against Scams (IWASP), led by Trading Standards to addresses doorstep crime and scams within the home.
- Age Friendly training has been delivered in local schools and youth groups.
(Pictured below Dr. Michele Legg – Chair of Isle of Wight CCG giving flowers to Joyce Lee – Member of the Patient Participation Group who took part in the Age Friendly GP Surgeries video. And Wilma Jackson and Inspector Andy Mcdonald – showing support for the IWASP Charter Against Scams)
Age Friendly Island Delivery Projects
● Alternative Transport Scheme – People Matter – Providing advice on the best way to travel as well as help getting to hospital appointments
● Alzheimer Cafe IW – Support for older people and those with early onset dementia, plus their carers and families in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere
● Care Navigators – Age UKIW – Based in GP surgeries, they offer free and impartial advice to assist people aged 50-plus, as well as families and carers, with any challenges they may face
● Community Navigators – Wight Home Care – Tackling social isolation for adults aged 50-plus and supporting people who would like to get out to community activities
● Digital Inclusion – Age UKIW – Helping up-skill older people to use computers, tablets and internet
● Support for Carers – Carers IW – Supporting carers aged 50-plus to access all the local help available and providing carers with opportunities to get involved in their local community
● Isle Find It – Citizens Advice Bureau – Working to provide an up-to-date business and community directory at www.islefindit.org.uk
● Education 50-plus – Age UKIW – Gives older volunteers the opportunity to positively influence students within schools
● Employment Support for the over 50s – Learning Links: Helping people overcome barriers to employment or support to retrain for a change in career
● Men in Sheds – Age UKIW – Invaluable social opportunities and peer support for men over 50
● Mental Health Peer Support – My Time CIC – Peer Support Project for people aged 50-plus who are experiencing isolation, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues
● Olderpreneurs – Chamber of Commerce – Support, mentoring and networking for people over 50 to start their own business
● SingAbout and Creative Futures – Independent Arts – SingAbout helps to alleviate social isolation by providing regular weekly singing groups. Creative Futures improves the quality of life for older people living in care homes through creative arts sessions