Should people over 50 get the services that they want, rather than what “we” think they need?
Ageing Well Torbay think that people know best what they need and that they should be at the centre of any new services developed.
During their ‘Food for Thought’ sessions last year, many people over 50 identified themselves as being an ‘untapped resource’ and more able to support their peers (with low level DIY, gardening, shopping, household chores, neighbourly driving) to live inter-dependently.
However they recognised that there were barriers to helping or providing this natural support, such as the potential distrust or suspicion people fear their offers of support will be met with. Also many were worried about the possible ‘red-tape’ involved, such as the need for CRB checks and/or insurance, and some believed independence and pride might make people reluctant or embarrassed to even ask for or accept support.
Could you help Ageing Well design a collaborative “Stay put – Peer Support” project?
‘You don’t need to be a designer,’ they say, ‘you just need to bring your experience, knowledge and understanding of what would enable people over 50 to remain at home, and stay where they have been living for longer. With you and interested organisations, we want to co-design a new ‘Peer Support – Stay Put’ project.’
They are looking for collaboration between people over 50 and interested organisations, particularly those who either work with, provide or have experience of providing:
- Home Support services– such as befriending, shopping, and domestic tasks
- Gardening and DIY services
- Agencies using innovative ways to attract and support volunteers, including those over 50 into the diverse range of volunteer options and choices
- Home Care Support services
- Volunteer driving schemes
- Agencies who are exploring inter-generational support and training opportunities