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Time to Shine Projects

Time to Shine aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Leeds, funded by  The Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding.  Health for All currently delivers four Time to Shine projects across Leeds:

New Hope - The Supporting Wellbeing Project welcomes referrals from housebound older people affected by loneliness, frailty, isolation and ill health. The co-ordinator will arrange appointments to see people in their own homes to identify the level of need. Work with frail elders aged 50+. They reach out and connect to the most isolated frail, older people living in Leeds. They carry out assessments in the home to identify the level of need.

Tailored support is offered by bringing activities to their home where they are housebound. For example, using digital technology-mobile phones or iPads. The project reduces language barriers by offering support in a variety of South Asian languages, e.g. Punjabi, Urdu and Chinese. It offers support to address health and wellbeing issues. For example isolation, living alone, long term conditions, low mood/depression. It enables older people to participate fully in the community by offering practical and emotional support and work in collaboration with local services. It also encourages the uptake of activities in the home and community to reduce isolation.  

Connections: This project delivers fun filled, creative and realistic ways to reach older people who are experiencing social isolation. The project engages older people by offering a variety of activities that spark a passion or rediscover lost interests. The project’s main base is south Leeds Skills Hub, utilising suitable facilities and infrastructure to provide a menu of life enhancing activities for older people especially men, people from African and Eastern European communities and/or older people with physical disabilities and mental health issues.  In addition to the hub, the project model offers 6 satellite sites including community centres in Holbeck, Middleton and Chapeltown, Polish Community Centre, Gipton Friendship Centre, Roscoe Methodist Church so covering south, east and north Leeds.  

Sunshine in Leeds (CSO): Offering one-to-one support where people are, including sheltered housing schemes. Targeting BAME communities, with a focus on Black African Carribean or Eastern European groups. The project will employ an Occupational Therapist to work alongside the team and help overcome individual barriers to engaging in activities. Health For All’s Creating Supportive Opportunities (CSO) project will offer practical support to highly socially isolated older people, reaching older people in their homes including sheltered housing and care homes. This will include one to one support and gradually engage older people when ready, into accessible community activities though peer connectors in their home and community connectors in the community.  A holistic approach will ensure elders’ views, needs and wishes are respected and impact of loss, physical disability, ill health in particular dementia, ageing and end of life issues taken into account.  Isolated seniors will receive: Individual support, activities bringing them together within their care home or sheltered housing eg chair based exercise, memory games; accompaniment to relevant groups/ activities; appropriate information, advice, signposting to statutory/ other services; support with practical help for basic activities, shopping, gardening, cleaning, appointments, transport in addition to new activities improving emotional/ social wellbeing  

Bee Together: is a project,supported by Time to Shine, within our Learning Disabilities programme - aimed at older people with learning disabilities .Read more

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