Saga Community Projects Boost Wellbeing For Older People

Friday 16 November 2012

As Age UK launches its ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign, Dr Ros Altmann comments on the importance of care in the community:

Saga Community Projects Boost Wellbeing For Older People

“Loneliness and isolation is a real problem for older people, and a sense of community can give older or more vulnerable members of society a real boost. We want older people to stay in their homes and retain their independence as much as possible. We have therefore been working with community groups around the country to provide advice and services to help older people stay active in their community. Saga's 'Caring in the Community' project aims to build communities where older people can get access to the help and support they need.


"Saga recognises the role that community groups play, alongside social care agencies, in providing the support that can help keep those at risk of isolation by offering services such as befriending, driving, help with shopping and handiwork around the home, and the crucial social engagement that these activities involve."


As the pilot areas in a national roll out, Saga is supporting community groups in Sussex, Hampshire and Surrey with the specific aim to help older people avoid isolation and be better able to stay in their homes longer. Saga is also encouraging individuals to set up new groups in their community by providing to the group founders advice, mentoring and technical support. It is anticipated that Saga will be working with some thirty groups by year end 2012 and many hundreds nationally by year end 2013.

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For further information please contact Jennifer Comerford jennifer.comerford@saga.co.uk 07545716617


Surviving Winter
Saga is also doing its bit this winter to help older people trying to stay warm. The Surviving Winter initiative, run by the Communities Foundation Network, begun as a way to enable pensioners to ‘recycle' some of all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help vulnerable people struggling with their energy bills but is now a nationwide appeal for donations to help people can stay warm and well in winter.

Every pound donated to this campaign is spent on those in need. Community Foundations across the country will be helping those at risk with energy bills, insulation or repairs and giving practical help, such as providing hot meals.


Jennifer Comerford
Head of News
0207 654 2725
07545 716617

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