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Shantona – A new lease of life

Reduced isolation through participation, encouraging older people to reuse, recycle and stop wastage wherever it occured in their daily lives.

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Reports:

Trigger points: How might older people fall into social isolation and loneliness? (report)
Trigger points: how might people fall into isolation and how we can help them re-connect (toolkit)

Aireborough Voluntary Services to the Elderly with Disabilities – Age friendly Aireborough

Used the ABCD model (Asset Based Community Development) to encourage and facilitate relationships, within and between, local Extra Care, Sheltered and independent Living housing complexes in Aireborough.

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Shantona – Around the World Art and Craft

Activity group for women aged 50+ from the local BME community, using traditional arts from around the world, exploring values, cultures and traditions of the countries to bring women together and socialise.

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Burmantofts Senior Action CIO – Banter & Blokes and Taster sessions

Opportunities for older men identified as having significant needs to join taster sessions and try different activities in a variety of locations.

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Health for All – Bee Together

Identified the barriers that older people with learning disabilities have in developing meaningful social relationships and asked how they would like to tackle their isolation and loneliness.

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Reports:

Findings from the Bee Together project combating loneliness and social isolation in older people with learning disabilities
Exploring the online world
Ideas on how to include people with Learning Disabilities
Grief takes many forms: Supporting older people through loss and bereavement
Boosting confidence to regain independence
Re-opening venues for indoor activities
Re-starting face-to-face support outdoors
Reducing social isolation and loneliness for older adults with a learning disability
Ideas on how to include accessible information
Case study of the Bee Together project

Tea and Tolerance – Being Human Conversation training and facilitation

Used a game as part conversation project with Neighbourhood Networks and older people’s community-led organisations across Leeds. Lip-reading classes for people with hearing impairments, alongside a peer support group where learners could practise their lip-reading skills in a relaxed, social setting. Personalised dance/exercise programme for people with Parkinson’s Disease from 3 areas in Leeds. One-to-one and dance group sessions to help them experience better health and wellbeing. Bollywood dancing and wellbeing classes for people who find it difficult to socialise, due to health, age, distance or other factors. Weekly dance, fun and wellbeing, technical support and social opportunities, for older people, . A three-month participatory story-telling project that culminated in a live performance/discussion and the creation of a short film. 50 volunteers/partners over the age of 50 found 50 elderly people to take on a bus journey, listen to their stories, have a conversation, share refreshments, then turn the process into the performance and film. Connected more active elders aged 55-70 (especially men) with each other in a ‘café-style’ setting, whilst providing opportunities to use their skills and interest in supporting others in the community.

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BID Services – BID Services – Lip Reading Classes (Leeds)

Lip-reading classes for people with hearing impairments, alongside a peer support group where learners could practise their lip-reading skills in a relaxed, social setting.

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Bigger Steps

Personalised dance/exercise programme for people with Parkinson’s Disease from 3 areas in Leeds. One-to-one and dance group sessions to help them experience better health and wellbeing.

D Dance Theatre – Bollywood Dancing in Oulton and Woodlesford

Bollywood dancing and wellbeing classes for people who find it difficult to socialise, due to health, age, distance or other factors.

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Reports:

The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh

D Dance Theatre – Bollywood in Crossgates

Weekly dance, fun and wellbeing, technical support and social opportunities, for older people, .

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Reports:

The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh

The Performance Ensemble – Bus Ride

A three-month participatory story-telling project that culminated in a live performance/discussion and the creation of a short film. 50 volunteers/partners over the age of 50 found 50 elderly people to take on a bus journey, listen to their stories, have a conversation, share refreshments, then turn the process  into the performance and film.

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Roscoe Lunch Club – Café Connect

Connected more active elders aged 55-70 (especially men) with each other in a ‘café-style’ setting, whilst providing opportunities to use their skills and interest in supporting others in the community.

Carers Leeds – Calling Carers

Information, advice and support to carers of people with dementia, over the telephone and face-to-face.

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Leeds Irish Health and Homes – Cara
Leeds Irish Health and Homes – Cara Too
Association of Blind Asians – Carer’s Project

Four short courses which helped carers get to know their rights and entitlements, understand how to best support their visually impaired dependants and get to know other carers with similar concerns.

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Carers Leeds – Carers’ Connections
North Leeds Medical Practice – Caring Hands

Three group sessions during the festive period provided seasonal refreshments and activities.

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Feel Good Factor – Choices

Range of activities to engage socially isolated older people, focusing on Black African Caribbean or Eastern European groups.  Included walking together, evening and weekend social groups, cook and eat clubs and IT classes.

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Reports:

Food for Thought -community connections through shared meals
The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships
Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
Trigger points: how might people fall into isolation and how we can help them re-connect (toolkit)
Resilience: how are we coping under lockdown 2.0?

Otley Action for Older People – Connecting at the weekend

A weekend community network building scheme for groups of older people who lived alone, providing contact and friendship through visits and refreshments at local people’s homes.

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Zest Health for Life – Cook, Eat, Chat

Six week cookery course for people aged 50+ to help reduce social isolation, where the  group would learn to cook a meal together and then sit and eat together.

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Reports:

Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals

Artlink West Yorkshire – Creative Connections

Worked with BAME Health and Wellbeing Hub and Wykebeck Valley Day Centre and three professional artists. Participants  explored visual arts and creative writing to address issues around loneliness and isolation

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Leeds Playhouse – Creative Cultures

Creative and social project aimed at socially isolated older people for whom English is a second language or whose primary cultural experience is not British.

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Little London Arts – Cultural & social visits

A series of group visits to locations of cultural, historical, and/or environmental interest for social support and enjoyment.

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Age UK Leeds – Digital Angels

Helped older people to get online for the first time, supporting learners in their home and over the phone.  Community digital tea parties introduced learners to each other – in person or via Skype – and helped unlock the mystery of the web.

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Reports:

Exploring the online world
Digital Angels
Tackling the growing crisis of lonely men; exploring what works through Time To Shine
Reducing loneliness through digital connections: Case study of the Digital Angels project

Armley Helping Hands – Don’t Call me Old
Radio Asian Fever CIC – Dosti Fever (Friendship)

Radio broadcasting training for classes of people aged  50+ with the aim of tackling loneliness, social isolation, dementia and various health issues.

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Reports:

Trigger points: how might people fall into isolation and how we can help them re-connect (toolkit)

Association of Blind Asians – Fair Ride Car Club

An accessible transportation scheme for older people to ensure independence and engagement through the coordination of trained volunteers and their vehicles.

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“Neighbourhood Action in Farnley, New Farnley & Moor Top” – Farnley Friendly Faces

Befriending service for older people facing social isolation and loneliness due to living in a challenging environment with varying health issues.

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Speak With IT – Find My Voice -Leeds

Monthly aphasia café in Belle Isle to complement home based one-to-one support, and the development of training for volunteers through a closer partnership with the speech and language therapy department at Leeds Hospitals.

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Reports:

Resilience: how are we coping under lockdown 2.0?

Canal Connections – Float your Boat
Leeds Older People’s Forum – Friendly Communities

Brought together the Age Friendly and Dementia Friendly campaigns to help make Leeds the ‘Best City to Grow Old In’.

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St Vincent’s Support Centre – Get Moving Leeds

Offered older people the opportunity to try new activities, such as gentle Zumba classes and also table tennis and yoga, at the St Vincent’s Centre.

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Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London – Get there your way

Used existing community transport providers and private hire companies to help local people join the walking group and buddying scheme.

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Reports:

Trigger points: How might older people fall into social isolation and loneliness? (report)
Trigger points: how might people fall into isolation and how we can help them re-connect (toolkit)

Hamara – Hamara Dementia Outreach

Outreach and befriending service for older people with dementia and their carers.

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Happy Panda (Yukuai Xiongmao ) – Happy Panda (Yukuai Xiongmao )

Engaged isolated Chinese older men to develop strong social networks and reduce isolation by participating in social activities like singing and cooking.

Reports:

Tackling the growing crisis of lonely men; exploring what works through Time To Shine

Rothwell & District Live at Home – MHA – Help to Connect

Volunteer befriender enablers provided short-term support to socially isolated individuals, to form new or strengthen existing relationships with family or friends and feel a connection to their local community or neighbourhood.

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Health for All – HFA Connections

With a hub in South Leeds, and several satellite centres around the city, the project aimed to reach African, Caribbean and Eastern European communities, to offer a variety of short courses, craft, art, mindfulness and IT.

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Reports:

Helping community groups to become self-led and sustainable
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh
Working with younger older people

Yorkshire Dance – In Mature Company
Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London – In the City

Expanded support provision to include the city centre as a community in and of itself, and to be responsive to city-wide need, with particular emphasis on older people within the inner city.

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Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London – Intergenerational mutuality project

Worked with student volunteers to provide befriending services to local isolated older people who found it difficult to access community facilities and services without help.

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Learning Facilitator at TTS

A comprehensive training programme for older people, volunteers and staff to raise awareness of loneliness and share key messages. Training was provided across Leeds, focusing on the causes and effects of social isolation and the ways in which this could be reduced.

Community First Yorkshire – Leeds Community Connect (first phase of project)

Steered by local older people and supported by a team of volunteers, Community Hubs offered a varied programme of activities where older people came together regularly to socialise, learn and have fun. The first phase of the project saw great success in Swillington, Scholes, Thorner and East Keswick.

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Reports:

The value of working with volunteers on Time To Shine projects
An ABCD approach to setting up a community group in your local area
Community First Yorkshire: Community Connect – final report
Case study of the Leeds Community Connect Project

Community First Yorkshire – Leeds Community Connect (second phase of project)
Space 2 Leeds – Leeds Eastern Fire station Heritage Group

Social group for older people with a shared interest in the history of the fire service in Leeds and in particular the Old Fire Station in Gipton, creating opportunities for reconnection with each other, the Fire Service and the wider community.

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The Lippy People – Life, Loss, Learning, Legacy

Supported 10 small groups of men, aged 60+, who had experienced bereavement, to produce and share 10 video stories with their peers, to help them celebrate their experiences and share how they coped with the loss of loved ones.

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Reports:

Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
“Life
loss
learning and legacy: Learning from men’s experience of bereavement”
Grief takes many forms: Supporting older people through loss and bereavement
Resilience: how are we coping under lockdown 2.0?

Care Connect at the University of Sheffield – Local Evaluation

Academic research looking at the approaches of TTS delivery partners to see which worked well.  The evidence is being shared with local funders and decision makers for the future. The Volunteer Listeners Project, led by an older person, invited volunteers to help gather stories and experiences of people involved across Time to Shine.

Reports:

The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships
Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
Grief takes many forms: Supporting older people through loss and bereavement
Young at Arts: Reducing loneliness and social isolation through offering creative social opportunities
“Time To Shine
time to share: Lychee Red Chinese Seniors”
Shared Tables: Time To Shine case study
Reducing the loneliness of vulnerable groups: A Case study of the Small Funds project
Reducing loneliness through digital connections: Case study of the Digital Angels project
Extending the Hand of Friendship’: Exploring loneliness among the older Irish community in Leeds through an exploration of the Cara Project
Reducing social isolation amongst older LGBT People: a case study of the Sage project
More Than a Mealtime shared tables: Sharing and Enjoying Food Together
Case Study Summary: Reducing loneliness and social isolation through improving wellbeing: A case study of the Supporting Wellbeing project
First phase stakeholder interviews: summary of main findings
Evaluation of Time to Shine Year 2 Interim Findings – Summary
Case study of the In Mature Company project
Case study of the Bee Together project
First phase stakeholder interviews
Time to Shine programme evaluation: summary of beneficiary outcomes
Interim Findings from the Time To Shine Evaluation Questionnaire
Case study of the Leeds Community Connect Project
Evaluation of Time To Shine: Year 2 Interim Findings
Tackling the growing crisis of lonely men; exploring what works through Time To Shine
Thinking of running an activity to reduce loneliness? Get inspired by Time To Shine
Reducing loneliness and social isolation through improving wellbeing: A case study of the Supporting Wellbeing project

For Disability Mobility (FDM) – LS27 Social Club

Social club for LS27 residents aged 50+. Used two fully adapted minibuses, to help elderly and isolated people socialise and visit places or do activities they would not normally be able to.

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Health for All – Lychee Red Chinese Seniors

Chinese elders came together to share a meal and stayed on for social activities, games, exercise and entertainment, supported by a team of bilingual volunteers from local Chinese communities.

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Reports:

Connecting with Culture – an insight from Time To Shine
Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
Helping community groups to become self-led and sustainable
Lychee Red
“Time To Shine
time to share: Lychee Red Chinese Seniors”

MAECare (Moor Allerton Elderly Care) – Making a Match

Staff talked to people to find out what activities and interests they wanted to get involved with, and matched them with a like-minded person, to build  friendship around their shared activity.

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Reports:

Boosting confidence to regain independence
Re-starting face-to-face support outdoors
Resilience: how are we coping under lockdown 2.0?
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh
Making a Match; engaging people through their interests

St Luke’s Cares – Meeting Point

In the inner South Leeds area, an outreach worker made connections within the community with men and women aged 50+, working individually,  fostering relationships and encouraging connections and friendships with others in the community.

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Zest Health for Life – Men’s Late Breakfast Club

Three hour drop in sessions for the Late Breakfast club for socially isolated men over 50 from the Polish Centre in Chapeltown. People participated in activities with each other in a safe fun space and talked freely on a range of topics

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Reports:

Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
Tackling the growing crisis of lonely men; exploring what works through Time To Shine

Methodist Homes Association – MHA Community Support Project

Worked with the Skills Re-ablement Service in West Leeds, and with other partners, identifying people recovering from a period of illness or hospital stay to help keep them connected and engaged with their interests. Delivery areas included Pudsey, Horsforth, Farsley, Calverly, Rodley, and Tyersal.

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Reports:

Trigger points: How might older people fall into social isolation and loneliness? (report)
Helping people to get on-line before winter 20/21
Re-starting face-to-face support outdoors
MHA Community Support Project: helping older people get out and about
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh

Otley Action for Older People – Minibus Development Project

Did an assessment of existing minibus services and the ways these could be adapted to ensure that volunteers and most vulnerable socially isolated older people could be supported, now and in the future.

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Crossgates and District GNS – More than a Mealtime

Single people able to travel independently shared a table at a local restaurant for a self-funded meal, hosted by an older volunteer.  Volunteers were matched with older people who couldn’t easily leave their homes to prepare and eat a meal together at home.

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Reports:

The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships
More Than a Mealtime
Tackling the growing crisis of lonely men; exploring what works through Time To Shine
More Than a Mealtime shared tables: Sharing and Enjoying Food Together

Health for All – New Hope (Supporting Wellbeing)

Connected with professionals such as GPs, memory support teams, community matrons and more, to reach older people living with frailty, in need of an extra level of support to socialise and participate in their community.

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Reports:

Supporting Wellbeing and Independence for Frailty (SWIFt)
Trigger points: How might older people fall into social isolation and loneliness? (report)
SWIFt Interim Evaluation – Autumn 2018
SWIFt

New Wortley Community Association – New Wortley Supper Club

Weekly supper club session for socially isolated people, offering friendship, support and a safe place to come together, chat and try different activities.

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Reports:

Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
Working with younger older people

Leeds Asylum Seekers’ Support Network – Out and About

Provided bus passes to older destitute asylum seekers, to enable them to make and maintain greater social contacts, access green spaces and leisure activities, as well as to access accommodation.

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Reports:

The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships

Out of Hours Outreach

Outreach and specific programming for local 50+ people at risk of social isolation, with activities and events at times when the expectation was to be with family, (holidays, weekends, evenings).

Oblong – Pass it On

Skills sharing workshops to combat isolation and improve the self-esteem of older people.

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Fall Into Place Theatre – Pens to Pals

Older care home residents paired with school pupils from the same community, who then wrote monthly letters to the residents. The pen pals met three times in the school year, and were encouraged to engage with each other through gentle creative exercises.

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Leeds 14 Trust Company Limited – Postcard Cafe Community

Took the successful post-crossing/digital postcard cafe sessions to other community and public sector residents associations across the area.

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Reports:

Exploring the online world

Pyramid of Arts – Pyramid of Arts

Older people with learning disabilities experiencing isolation attended a free arts group for 12 weeks in which they made friends and created artwork designed to communicate their social likes and ambitions to other people.

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Touchstone Sikh Elders – Raat Di Roti

Connected Punjabi-speaking families with Punjabi-speaking isolated older people to foster cross-generational relationships. Once a fortnight, volunteers shared an evening meal, either in the volunteer’s, or the elder’s, home.

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Reports:

Connecting with Culture – an insight from Time To Shine
Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals
Raat di Roti – volunteer experiences
Raat Di Roti: meals shared with Punjabi elders

Yorkshire Mesmac – SAGE

Worked with Age UK Leeds across Leeds., A group of older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans (LGBT) people created a programme of activities which were fun and easy to access by people over 50. The team also worked to strengthen  LGBT inclusivity of existing services through training and partnership work.

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Reports:

“Training
supporting and managing volunteers remotely”
Grief takes many forms: Supporting older people through loss and bereavement
Re-starting face-to-face support outdoors
Adapting rapidly to change: a lockdown diary
Sage: a project for older LGBT+ people in Leedst
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh
Reducing social isolation amongst older LGBT People: a case study of the Sage project

Pudsey Live At Home Scheme (MHA) – Seaside at Home

Brought the sights, sounds, touch, taste and smell of the seaside to Pudsey, for their most vulnerable members who are unable to access transport and travel long distances.

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Leeds Mind – SELF (South and East Leeds Friends)

Building on their existing model of peer support Leeds Mind focused on providing intensive one-to-one support and peer-led groups. Target groups included BAME communities and men.

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Reports:

Resilience: how are we coping under lockdown 2.0?
SELF: supporting older people’s mental health
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh

Action for Gipton Elderly – Seniors’ Network AGE

Community Connectors and volunteers reached out to people at one-to-one level. Older people were assisted to find their common interests and offered new relevant activities.

Crossgates and District GNS – Shared Tables
Opal with MAECare – Shared Well (Supporting Wellbeing)

Connected with professionals such as GPs, memory support teams, community matrons and more, to reach older people living with frailty, in need of an extra level of support to socialise and participate in their community.

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Reports:

Supporting Wellbeing and Independence for Frailty (SWIFt)
Trigger points: How might older people fall into social isolation and loneliness? (report)
SWIFt Interim Evaluation – Autumn 2018
SWIFt
Trigger points: how might people fall into isolation and how we can help them re-connect (toolkit)

Damasq – Sharing is caring

Volunteers from the Syrian community provided transport and practical assistance to older people to help them to go shopping.

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Mojo – Shine a light
Speak With IT – Sing Aphasia!

Improving speech and comprehension abilities for people with aphasia via home-based support. Also ran the  Leeds Aphasia Cafe for people to socialise and  the Aphasia Choir for people with aphasia and their carers.

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The Sporting Memories Foundation – Sporting Memories – Leeds

Used reminiscence about sport, social and inclusive physical activities to support mental and physical well-being of older people and those living with dementia, depression and isolation.

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Reports:

“Training
supporting and managing volunteers remotely”
Boosting confidence to regain independence
Resilience: how are we coping under lockdown 2.0?
Group activities with Leeds United Foundation

STEP (Supporting The Elderly People) – Stepping out

Buddy Scheme for older people living alone, offering transport and befriending for the most frail and vulnerable older people in their community.

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Richmond Hill Elderly Action (RHEA) – Street Links

Regenerated a sense of community spirit and connections by inviting local people to become ‘Street Agents’ or ‘Community Connector’.  These connections encouraged isolated older people to get and stay involved in local activities, such as lunch clubs and line dancing.

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Reports:

Grief takes many forms: Supporting older people through loss and bereavement
Street Links

Health for All – Sunshine in Leeds

One-to-one support for people, focusing on Black African Caribbean or Eastern European groups. Also employed an Occupational Therapist to work alongside the team and help people overcome barriers.

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Reports:

SWIFt Interim Evaluation – Autumn 2018
SWIFt
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh

New Wortley Community Association – Supper Club

A social activity club for men and women aged 55+ who lived alone and were looking for friendship, activities and interaction with others.

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Reports:

Food for Thought: community connections through shared meals

Age UK Leeds,Bramley Elderly Action,Crossgates and District GNS – Supporting Wellbeing

Connected with professionals such as GPs, memory support teams, community matrons and more, to reach older people living with frailty, in need of an extra level of support to socialise and participate in their community.

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Reports:

Supporting Wellbeing and Independence for Frailty (SWIFt)
Trigger points: How might older people fall into social isolation and loneliness? (report)
SWIFt Interim Evaluation – Autumn 2018
SWIFt
Trigger points: how might people fall into isolation and how we can help them re-connect (toolkit)
“Training
supporting and managing volunteers remotely”
Grief takes many forms: Supporting older people through loss and bereavement
Sharing creative ideas to keep Zoom groups fun and fresh
Reducing loneliness and social isolation through improving wellbeing: A case study of the Supporting Wellbeing project
Case Study Summary: Reducing loneliness and social isolation through improving wellbeing: A case study of the Supporting Wellbeing project

That Friday Feeling – That Friday Feeling Goes Gardening

A gardening social club which brought older men out of social isolation and provided a gardening service for older men who cannot manage to maintain their own gardens, as well as a number of group days out.

Reports:

Tackling the growing crisis of lonely men; exploring what works through Time To Shine

The Conservation Volunteers – The Great Outdoors
Leeds 14 Trust Company Limited – The Postcard Cafe

Older people from South and North Seacroft Good Neighbours and residents of Queen’s View sent and received postcards as part of an international post-crossing project. They also had the chance to learn more about the digital world and develop  their own IT skills.

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Reports:

Exploring the online world

Purple Patch Arts – The Togetherness Project

Weekly session for older people with and without learning disabilities in South Leeds, using creative methods such as drama, dance, music and art, to encourage people to learn new skills and develop their social skills.

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ToastLoveCoffee – TLC Community Connections

Focused outreach to people aged 50+, helping them engage with TLC community café, in order to reduce isolation and enhance health and wellbeing.

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Reports:

The complexity of loneliness and the importance of meaningful relationships

Together

Helped older isolated members of BME communities to come together for a weekend at Northern College (residential adult education) in the spring and summer. Members also ran an inter-generational party between Christmas and New Year.

Health for All – TTS BME Seniors Network

Welcomed people into various Elders’ Networks for activities which were fun, sociable, culturally-appropriate and sensitive to the needs of older people. The programme of activities was designed by older people and supported by bilingual staff and volunteers.

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Reports:

Connecting with Culture – an insight from Time To Shine
Helping community groups to become self-led and sustainable
BME Network

Creative Frame – Vegemation

Intergenerational animation with vegetables over Christmas

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Horsforth Live at Home Scheme – Walk and Talk

Woodland and park walks for older people with dementia and their carers to enjoy the benefits of nature and being outdoors, away from the stresses of home life.

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Feel Good Factor – Walk with Me

Volunteer befrienders linked with isolated older residents to provide support and encouragement to get out of the house, with goals including walking to see friends, attending social groups, visiting local shops or going to appointments.

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Reports:

Walk With Me

Your Back Yard CIC – Walking Football Sessions for Older Men

A Walking Football team for men aged 50+ in the Bramley area, meeting weekly for friendly games and time to socialise.

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Association of Blind Asians – Walking for Health

Outdoor exercise and gym sessions for older Asian men with sight impairment, and their carers

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Age UK Leeds – Walking with Confidence

Volunteers offered support and a reassuring presence for up to 12 weeks to help older people get out and about on foot, mobility scooter or public transport, and worked towards achieving this goal together.

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Reports:

Walking with Confidence

Words For Wellbeing – Words For Wellbeing

Continued Bookchat group for older people, development of new groups and  connecting people with the day centres. Also trained people interested in delivering Bookchat sessions for older people  in their community.

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Yorkshire Dance – Young at Arts
St Luke’s Cares – Your Warehouse Project (YWP)

Engaged with men aged 50+ by helping the charity through its shops and warehouse. Targeted mainly those in social isolation, such as carers, those on probation, changing lifestyle after detox,  widowers or those new to the area.

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