Empowering and Connecting Older Residents Together
Project Category: Registered charity
The charity after 21 years in the Crypt of St Mary Magdalene Church is moving into new premises with widespread support of residents, businesses and partner organisations. The cost of refurbishment of a building empty and unused for many years bringing it into use as an important new community resource has been made possible with funding from British Land, Broadgate Estates, Lendlease and ECO Ltd.
The premises will help us establish a new centre of excellence in the field of innovative day services and to pilot new good practice building upon our proven track record and reputation for partnership working. It is well situated at the heart of the Regents Park estate adjacent to both the largest public open space (with outdoor gym and sports facilities) and the largest GP practice in the borough (Regents Park Practice- 14,000 patients and 10 GPs).
The new premises will greatly enable us to; (1) improve the consistency and quality of our services by putting them all under one roof (2) increase the capacity to engage with more local older residents as new users (3) be considered as a new local strategic partner with the local authority (4) expand the range and variety of activities and support services available.
We have joined forces with local social landlords (Camden, Peabody and Origin), Regents Park Practice and Age UK Camden in conducting an intensive local outreach campaign to promote the centre and the new opportunities it will provide to older residents and in particular to those acutely socially isolated and not currently engaged. The result of this joint campaign is expected to be a significant increase in the number of new referrals being made to the charity.
This project will help us to better deal with the expected increase in the numbers of older residents as new service users in the following ways:
Increase the number of hours per week of existing paid support staff to enable them to act effective points of contact with referral agencies and in coordinating responses to meet needs such as provide support with assisted transport where necessary.
Increase the number of TAP volunteers through recruiting, inducting, training and supporting local residents to take on key new roles such as meters and greeters.
Create a welcoming, friendly, inclusive, social space in the communal entrance space within the new premises.
Volunteers (multi-lingual) will operate within the new communal space welcoming those coming to the centre and provide a smile, a cup of tea or coffee and extra support to those who need it.
A new Well Being Café also run by volunteers will provide snack bar services and a low- cost nourishing meal each week day.
Volunteer Befrienders and Buddies will provide ongoing support particularly to users with English as a second language within group activities including at our English Club sessions. They will also act as escorts enabling new users to get to and from the centre and as companions on eg. Coach or theatre trips
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Regents Park Estate, London NW1 3RH