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Title: ADDING LIFE TO YEARS


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ADDING LIFE TO YEARS
  • A community development approach
  • to promoting the independence,
  • health and wellbeing
  • of older people.

Meryl Smith Deputy Chief Executive, Oxfordshire
Rural Community Council
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The ALY project objective
  • Using a community development approach
  • to find and support a service model
  • which promotes the independence,
  • health and well-being of people over 50.

Project was funded over two years by the
Oxfordshire PCT
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A partnership project
Services for older people
Community infrastructure
  • ORCC research found older people want to attend
    groups and be in contact
  • ACO had already developed models of social and
    leisure activities as a base for promoting
    well-being

4
What did we do in 2008/09?
  • Worked in identified communities
  • Researched existing local resources
  • people local groups other agencies involved
  • Consulted community members
  • what are the needs? what would you like?
  • Established new activities
  • Asked for participants views
  • on the benefits and their interest in continuing

5
Project evaluation
  • Assessed impact on participants and on volunteers
    supporting the groups
  • Included selected examples of best practice
  • (2 groups and 2 communities)
  • Analysed participation in the context of local
    need the proportion of older people reached
  • Explored methods of developing a cost/benefit
    analysis.

6
Key findings
  • Community-led prevention takes time, resources
    (including local volunteers) and effective
    partnership working
  • Community groups are improving older peoples
    lives
  • (two thirds believed that participation made
    a difference to their
  • physical health, mental activity and
    knowledge)
  • In particular, groups have reached older people
    at risk of isolation
  • Older people are participating as volunteers and
    contributing to essential community
    infrastructure
  • Identifying long term cost savings from
    community-led prevention is difficult
  • This project and national research indicate
    potential for long term quality of life and
    health benefits

7
  • Clearly demonstrated
  • the benefits of social interaction and
    opportunities to remain active
  • physically and mentally
  • in order to sustain or improve
  • health and wellbeing

8
Community-led prevention the health and
well-being service model
9
Older people as part of the team
ORCC approach in 2009/10 a holistic
community-based approach to promoting health and
well-being for all
  • Empower people to take action for themselves
  • Encourage a range of activities to improve
    wellbeing (not necessarily labelled as healthy)
  • Reach those who
  • may not be engaged in the health agenda
  • may not view themselves as old

10
  • Working with communities we
  • helped them to identify what local people would
    like/need
  • encouraged the needs of older people to be
    included in community-led planning consultation
  • provided ideas for new activities/opportunities
  • encouraged mini information fairs and local
    directories
  • promoted idea of inviting speakers from key
    agencies to local group meetings/drop-ins etc.
  • encouraged improved links and dialogue between
    communities and social and healthcare providers

11
  • Emphasis on promoting opportunities for people of
    all ages to share interests, skills and support
  • older people as part of the team

12
  • ALY approach promoting community-based
    initiatives to help older people to
  • have opportunities for social interaction which
    contribute to improved knowledge, physical and
    mental health and overall wellbeing
  • benefit from a strong community infrastructure of
    activities, services and facilities
  • stay active their community
  • access preventive services in the community

13
Community development key component of health
and social care services
  • ALY has demonstrated the value and relevance of
    the community-based community development
    approach to promoting health and wellbeing.
  • Community development support organisations like
    RCCs are key partners and essential service
    providers alongside the specialist health and
    care agencies.
  • This needs to be recognised.

14
  • My contact details
  • Meryl Smith
  • Deputy Chief Executive
  • Oxfordshire Rural Community Council
  • Jericho Farm, Worton, Witney, OX29 4SZ
  • Tel 01865 883488
  • Email meryl.smith_at_oxonrcc.org.uk
  • www.oxonrcc.org.uk
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