Activities, groups and courses for the over 55s in the Wealden area – share your views
Local charity, Engage South East, has been awarded a grant through the East Sussex Commissioning grants prospectus 2014 to find out what activities and groups are currently available for people over 55 years of age, in Wealden.
The purpose of this study is to increase social opportunities and to help combat isolation and loneliness. This is a well-documented problem for some older people, particularly those in rural areas. Recent research by Independent Age shows 1.2 million men over 50 in England say they suffer from isolation. The results of the study will help to shape local programmes and development of activities, groups and courses.
It is believed that this is the first time, such a study has happened so it is a great opportunity for people to report what is happening locally and what is missing. Sometimes older people find it hard to join a club or group on their own, or they may have trouble getting there. Engage South East wants to hear what people need to help them to take part.
We are also looking for some volunteers to help us in our work, so if you are interested to find out more about the work we do, please contact Denise Leary, Community Participation Co-ordinator at Engage South East.
To take part in the survey, you can either complete it online at http://www.engagesoutheast.org.uk/contact/share-your-views/
or request a paper copy from Denise Leary on 07462 790210. To find out more, please contact Denise Leary on the same number. The closing date is 26th November so please hurry to have your say.
Notes to Editors
Engage South East is a small Sussex based charity that provides support and day activities for older and disabled people and those of all ages with dementia to encourage interaction with others and promote independent living.
Our TN22 club offers companionship, a freshly prepared 2-course lunch, activities and outings.
Our dementia service, the TN22 Plus club provides a broad range of activities that are specially designed to engage people with dementia and encourage participation and to support their carers.
The source of the post: (PDF) Press Release Engage South East Survey