Older People

We work with older people’s groups in an innovative and exciting way. We follow a community development approach, supporting older people themselves to develop groups and activities based on their needs. We are passionate about recognising older people’s skills and developing their capacity as volunteers.

Our Community Participation Workers with Older People are based in extra care schemes in Coldean and Peacehaven, developing hubs of older people’s activities for residents and the wider community.

Our Community Participation Workers are:

  • Steve Andrews – New Larchwood, Coldean
  • Sue Sayers – Downlands Court, Peacehaven

Find out more about our work with older people

Partners

Find out more about our partnership with The University of Brighton and see the report of our action research project with older people about their learning needs.

A Dementia Friendly Guide for Community Groups and Organisations

TDC has developed a Dementia Friendly Toolkit with community groups and organisations. The Guide was developed by talking to people with dementia and memory loss and their carers and organisations. We asked them “What would a dementia friendly community look like?” Based on their ideas, we worked with community groups to develop a draft toolkit which they piloted. We used their recommendations and case studies in the Guide.

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.

There are around 800,000 men and women in the UK with dementia. It mainly affects people over the age of 65. One in 14 people in this age group have dementia. It is likely that this figure has been underestimated, as many do not have a diagnosis. The real number may be up to three times higher. (Alzheimer’s Society Fact Sheet).

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.

Please take a look at our guide on our website:

www.trustdevcom.org.uk/news/tdcs-dementia-friendly-guide-launched/

The project was funded by Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group.

Please contact Sue Sayers or Katharine Trevelyan for a copy of the Guide