Ageing Well is a city-wide project for the over 50’s led by Impact Initiatives. TDC, as one of the partner organisations delivers this work across the East area of the city, in the Deans, Whitehawk, Manor Farm and Bristol Estate.
In its first year Ageing Well has been recognised for its excellence both across Brighton & Hove and at a national level. Read the full report on the first year of the project here.
We are passionate about recognising older people’s skills and developing their capacity as volunteers. We follow an asset-based community development approach, supporting older people themselves to develop groups and activities based on their needs.
Through our Ageing Well work we
- Offer support to existing groups, including help with funding bids
- Develop new groups, for example, a request was made for a Scrabble group – so a new Board Games group was developed
- Offer 1-1 support with tech guidance – helping people use smartphones, tablets etc
- Organise events for older people
- Signpost to other relevant offers for older people – for example, benefit advice
- Encourage older people to look after themselves both physically and mentally
We also support community led 50+ activity across our other neighbourhood areas, e.g.
- Several sheltered schemes across the city running activities funded through our Healthy Neighbourhood Fund.
- Most neighbourhood organisations we work with have intergenerational services and activities, e.g. coffee mornings, exercise groups at community centres.
- Some neighbourhoods have their own community run lunch clubs and activity groups for 50+.
If you are over 50 and would like to know more about what you could get involved in, please contact Sue Sayers on 07412 709 310 or [email protected]
A Dementia Friendly Guide for Community Groups and Organisations
TDC has developed a Dementia Friendly Toolkit with community groups and organisations. This Guide is relevant to all of us. Your community, someone you know or some of you, are likely to face the challenges of dementia and memory loss. How others respond to the person with dementia, and how supportive or enabling the person’s surroundings are, greatly affect how well someone can live with dementia.