Winter Wellbeing 2017/18
For many older people, winter is the most isolating time. That’s why we've created our annual Winter Wellbeing project – proactive outreach in which our community will deliver blankets and grants and invite older neighbours to social clubs to help them stay warm, active and connected during winter.
December 2017 - March 2018
Charity information: South London Cares
The winter – with its unpredictable weather and cold, dark days – deepens feelings of isolation already existing within older neighbours. Socialising and visiting relatives becomes harder, and poor health, from winter flu to respiratory diseases, can negatively affect people’s wellbeing. Indeed, 64% of over 65s in Southwark and Lambeth suffer with a limiting health condition – making them much more susceptible to the cold and isolation. This leads to severe pressure on the NHS and social care.
Our project will help keep older neighbours warm, well and connected this winter. We will do this by striking up conversations with older people, distributing clothing and blankets, helping people keep the heat on, referring neighbours for additional support, and connecting them to our activities. Our project will not only help those experiencing poor health and wellbeing, but prevent older neighbours becoming isolated and developing new health conditions during the harshest time of the year.
Older neighbours become more connected during winter
Activities» Door-knock and contact older neighbours in our local community, to check on their health and wellbeing.
» Connect them to our community network of neighbours, and encourage them to participate in our activities, including our Social Clubs.
Over 1,000 interactions with older neighbours. Approx. 300 interventions to support older neighbours who need assistance such as a blanket, financial assistance, or a referral.
Older neighbours feel warmer during the winter
Activities» Distribute warm clothing and blankets to older neighbours who are struggling to stay warm.
» Assess neighbours and distribute small grants to help people struggling to pay fuel bills to heat their homes.
» Connect people to local services to help improve energy efficiency e.g. new boiler schemes, increased insulation in their homes etc.
We distribute over 50 items of warm clothing and over 20 small fuel grants to older neighbours that are struggling to stay warm.
Older neighbours are healthier during the winter
Activities» Referring and signposting people suffering from poor health to the relevant service e.g. social services, GP surgeries.
» Connect people to South London Cares’ activities, to tackle and prevent isolation and loneliness.
Over 100 neighbours are referred/signposted to relevant local services.
Older and younger neighbours bridge generational, cultural, social, digital and attitudinal divides
Activities» Younger neighbours will meet their older neighbours by taking part in our Outreach work during the winter months.
» Older and younger neighbours will share time, laughter and conversation at Social Clubs and through our Love Your Neighbour programme.
We will gain an increase in Social Cub and Love Your Neighbour attendances following the project. Around 20 younger neighbours will take part in Outreach work in the community.
Our Winter Wellbeing project will lead to a long term reduction in loneliness and social isolation amongst older neighbours. We will demonstrate our success by collecting both qualitative and quantitative data throughout the next year about the older neighbours we meet through the project. We will record the number of activities they attend, and carry out a qualitative snapshot our neighbours' experiences to assess the impact our outreach and activities have had on their lives.
Risks of this work include not identifying the most isolated people. We work closely with local councils to identify our most isolated older neighbours, and by ensuring that we visit places that encounter isolation every day such as local paper shops, GPs, pharmacies and food banks. We are also careful to safeguard everyone through a robust safeguarding policy including provisions for training volunteers to identify and manage risks and interactions with older people at risk of isolation.
We will send donors regular updates on the difference their donation makes, via social media and emails, as well as sending them our final project report detailing the full impact of the project. We will write to donors again where a donation has an ongoing, longer term impact on older neighbours.
Budget - Project Cost: £8,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £1,000 Warm clothing and blankets Gloves, hats and blankets for older neighbours who are struggling to keep warm. £2,000 Winter Social Clubs Funding for group activities across our boroughs in the winter months £2,000 Love Your Neighbour programme Funding for friendships with older neighbours we meet during the project £1,000 Outreach materials Flyers, leaflets and other printed materials to raise awareness of the project £2,000 Fuel grants Small fuel grants for older neighbours who are struggling to keep the heating on
Our project will take place in the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth, where the Loneliness Index created by Age UK points to a high ‘risk of loneliness’. It highlights the areas of Rotherhithe, Cathedrals, Peckham, and Nunhead in Southwark and Stockwell, Brixton, Clapham, Streatham, Norwood in Lambeth as being at particularly high risk. Our project will pay special attention to these areas.
Older people aged 65 and over living in Southwark and Lambeth will benefit, as our project works to keep them warm, well and connected. Young professionals living and/or working in Southwark and Lambeth will also benefit, through making greater connections in their local community, causing an increase in neighbourliness. Local businesses will also benefit, as our outreach work will endeavour to link older neighbours with the people and places on their doorstep so they feel better connected.
This will be our fourth winter project and we've worked with more older neighbours every year. Our sister charity North London Cares has run the campaign six years running. With year-round activities, we are ideally placed to offer both short term and long term support to older people we meet in the winter. Working at the intersection of the public, private and community sectors and targeting our approach to those most at risk of isolation enables us to make best use of our networks.
Read more about the Charity running this project.
Alex Smith: Founder/CEO
Alex founded North London Cares in 2011 and South London Cares in August 2014. He will oversee the project and support its delivery and evaluation.
Elyssa Kill: Volunteer And Outreach Coordinator
Elyssa will be leading on the Winter Wellbeing Project for the second year in a row. You can read about her role here: http://bit.ly/2uFyifC
Emily Clarke: Head Of Development
Emily will lead on our match fundraising ahead of the Big Give, mobilising our network of donors to support this year’s campaign.
Valeria Valotto: Development Coordinator
Valeria will lead on our digital fundraising during the week of the Big Give, ensuring the winter message is heard widely.
Sometimes I go days without a conversation. I've not been out of the house properly in a long time and I often feel anxious when I do. I've had so much today [at the Social Club] and I'm giddy because I know my life has just changed.