Liverpool Cares are happy to announce their success in implementing their Winter Wellbeing project 2018/19. Shortly after Liverpool Cares began last October, they challenged themselves to reach out and support people over the age of 65 to stay warm, active, healthy and connected during what can be some of the most isolating months of the year.
By chatting to older neighbours in supermarkets, shopping centres, lunch clubs and community events, and by door knocking at sheltered housing units, Liverpool Cares spoke to 566 people over the age of 65 which led to 257 direct interventions. These interventions included the delivery of warm items like gloves, blankets and hot water bottles to those people who felt cold in their homes. Liverpool Cares also gave nine small grants of up to £100 to contribute to fuel costs. They also referred people to organisations including services offering advice about how to change energy providers.
Liverpool Cares also began to identify older neighbours who showed an interest in being matched in their upcoming Love Your Neighbour programme. The programme will seek to create lasting one-to-one friendships between older and younger neighbours. It will be launching this May.
Many older people were signed up to Liverpool Cares’ free programme of Social Clubs. This variety of clubs runs around the year and offers lots of exciting ways for older and younger people to share time, laughter and new experiences.
One older person who has benefited from the Social Clubs is John, 74. John came to one of the Social Clubs as he wanted to take part in social activities and make more friends. On attending the board game evening in Wavertree, John met younger neighbour Rafael. John (originally from Cape Verde) and Rafael bonded over their native Portuguese language and discussed their love of food, wine and music: they both left that club saying they’d love to lead a Portuguese-inspired social club together.
The Winter Wellbeing project is about kindness, sincerity and empathy, creating many trustful and long-lasting relationships that didn’t exist before. By listening to older people and signposting them to clubs and organisations, Liverpool Cares got off to a great start in supporting older people in Liverpool.
To read the full report and to find out more about Liverpool Cares, visit their website: https://liverpoolcares.org.uk/blog/winter-wellbeing-2018-19-the-final-report?fbclid=IwAR0zQ4Kt3Rn2A9HJ7G1eo8v6GDZrjWYvycmYte5y8kpbSBS35yIN-BQqfMc