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Older Persons Partnership

WINCHESTER OLDER PERSONS PARTNERSHIP

The PPG are represented on this group by Frances Strange.   Meetings are held quarterly and include representatives from all areas of help for older people.  It is an excellent networking tool and all learn from each other and can work together for the benefit of the section of the community that we support

AGE CONCERN HAMPSHIRE:  Having lost funding, Age concern still runs a day centre in Locks Heath, still has an Information Advice Centre in Andover which is run by volunteers. Still offer a service for home visits and help with form filling.

TWYFORD SURGERY PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP: Hoping to receive funding from Winchester City Council for Social Prescriber and link workers within the community. Village Agents still do home visits, form filling help with blue badge applications etc.

WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL:  Tea at 3 proving very popular – up to 30 people now, good social interaction and excellent for signposting.

NHS:  CCG – winter pressures all year round. ’Use the Right Service’ campaign to help reduce pressure on Southampton General. Alternatives include Pharmacy, 111, Appointments Plus, self-care. These will be advertised on the radio, posters etc. Community services, cardio, respiratory problems to be dealt with at GP surgeries away from hospital. Network of PPG’s across West Hampshire.

SHELTERED HOUSING:  Sheltered Housing is currently under review throughout the service.

HOME INSTEAD:  Looking at Dementia Café and on-going popular Silver Screen dementia cinema, open to the community on Monday mornings.           

CITIZENS ADVICE:  Move to Colebrook St. which is a better location, next to council offices. Case workers for the benefit process, Universal Credit, campaigning for better ways, scam alerts etc. Outreach workers in Denmead, Wickham and Alresford for home visiting. Review of telephone access is underway. Visitors to the new offices welcome.

HAMPSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE:  Safe and Well available across the County to visit homes, via referral. A new mobile bus with IT suites, TV, access ramps which is crewed by volunteers. Available for events as a community contact point.

WINCHESTER HUB – LINKAGES:  A number of volunteers working with ACASA, Sunrise, River Park, Sporting Memories, including a coffee morning group for blind veterans at Winnall Community Centre. Woolly Matters – social knitting group, working with care homes, Trinity, Mother & baby Groups making twiddle muffs etc. Dementia Friends Champion on the University Campus.

HOPE CHURCH:  Friday afternoon group – tea, cake & quiz at 2pm on the first Friday of the month. Monday morning friendship group, followed by lunch. Retirement Conference on Sat 16th November at Hope Church covering identity, purpose, change in lifestyle etc. Carols & Crumpet on Friday 6th December 2.30pm with Alresford Community Choir.

WINCHESTER LIVE AT HOME:  Walking Tennis Mondays, 2-3pm, ongoing. Seated exercise class in Shedfield Study Centre, Thursday am 11-12.30. Winchester Green Week covering environmental issues with Teracycle recycling plant, including a plant based lunch club and staff using public transport for a day. New projects include a carers group (awaiting funding) which covers well-being, workshops, advice and coping strategies, to run in parallel to an existing group. Large venue required for Hampshire wide singing event in January. To accommodate approx. 300.

WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL:  Continually involved within the community, planning for neighbourhoods, Party in the Park, working closely with the leisure centre.

RIVER PARK LEISURE CENTRE:  Taster days, Tuesdays and Thursdays for over 50s, have a go at any type of sport. Cage Cricket every Weds. Health & Wellbeing days to try and also socialise – taster sessions like walking netball.

WINCHESTER CITY COUNCIL:  Social prescribing – signposted from GPs for exercise for people with long term illnesses. Partnerships with Energise Me, Live at Home. Health & Well-being brochures to help break down barriers to exercise.

ANDOVER MIND:  The Hampshire contract for carers support and dementia advice is now with Andover Mind. Gary Marsh is the Dementia Advisor for Winchester, contact can be made via the office in Andover.   Princess Royal Trust for Carers continue to provide emergency care planning.

HCC TRADING STANDARDS:  On-going reviews, leaflets, safeguarding vulnerable adults from financial abuse, scams etc. Prevention talks and awareness. Buy With Confidence Directory is NOT check-a-trade. All companies are vetted and approved. Looking for volunteer champions – Friends Against Scams - for support and investigations.

ST JOHNS WINCHESTER:  Hand in Hand scheme has been running for a year – Winchester GP referrals for social prescribing. Very successful and more volunteers needed for befriending. The database is currently being tested internally but will be available for organisations to upload information that can then be shared widely throughout the community. Hopefully leading to more collaboration, so for example clubs aren’t running at the same time. And the info will be kept up to date, so will always be current