New partnership to tackle social isolation
Tackling loneliness and social isolation in later life is at the heart of a new partnership we have launched with the Mental Health Foundation.
Standing Together, funded by Big Lottery, will facilitate 25 support groups for older people in London.
Our chief executive Bruce Moore joined Jenny Edwards, chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, as we celebrated the launch of the new project at Cedar Court, one our extra care schemes in Lewisham, on Wednesday January 20.
The project facilitates weekly self-help groups, for periods of six months in retirement and extra care settings, and will be facilitated across London. The groups are for tenants who are: experiencing memory loss, mental health issues, learning disabilities and experience significantly loneliness.
Standing Together aims to help participants feel less socially isolated and promote better emotional health and improved connections with their community. Following a full evaluation, it is hoped that the project will be extended nationally.
On the day, the CEOs will be joined by participants in the projects, who will take part in a warm up exercise and a discussion of people’s experiences of the group.
Bruce Moore, Chief Executive of Housing & Care 21 said:
“With an ageing demographic, it is critical that as a society, and directly as housing and care providers, we invest more time and energy in supporting older people to lead fulfilling lives. What is innovative about this project is the central role of the participants. The support comes from within the group and is informed by their experience. To this end, we are facilitating the space to make connections that will live on within and beyond the groups themselves.”
Jenny Edwards CBE, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:
“This important project is making an impact on the quality of people’s lives. People tell us that they haven’t felt so engaged and enlivened for years. Residents have the opportunity to talk, share experiences and reflect on how to manage life’s challenges. It’s an amazing privilege to be able to see the positive impact the groups can have on people.”