A local charity is trying to find-out what activities and groups are available for people over 55 years of age in Crowborough and across the Wealden district.
It is believed that this is the first time such a study has happened, so it is a great opportunity for people to report what is happening locally and what is missing.
The purpose of this study is to help combat isolation and loneliness. Sometimes older people find it hard to join a club or group on their own, or they may have trouble getting there. ENGAge South East and their sister charity Sound Architect Creative Media want to hear what people need to help them to take part.
Recent research by Independent Age shows 1.2 million men over 50 in England say they suffer from isolation. The results of the study will help to shape local programmes and development of activities, groups and courses.
Rachel Lewis, Chief Executive said:
We want as many people as possible to share their views through our survey so that we have an evidence-base of what activities and groups we can develop. We are looking forward to hearing what people have to say about the things they do or would like to do in Wealden.
To take part in the survey, you can either complete it online at share-your-views, or to request a paper copy or find out more please contact Denise Leary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 07462 790210. The closing date is 26th November.
Remember if you are organising an event in Crowborough to contact CrowboroughLife to get the event listed in the What’s On Guide.
Sound Architect Creative Media was awarded a grant of £15,000 to fund a ‘Community Participation and Activities Co-ordinator’ though the East Sussex Commissioning Grants Prospectus 2014. The East Sussex Commissioning Grants Prospectus is funded by a range of departments in East Sussex County Council and the local NHS. The Prospectus is a joint approach to commissioning and investing grants in organisations who provide services and strengthen local communities. ENGAge was started in 2011 when Sound Architect found themselves increasingly drawn to work in the social care sector.
The £15,000 grant is being used to offer people over 55, those with dementia, or people who are carers and live in the Wealden district, with the opportunity to get involved in a group or activity.
They are also looking for some volunteers to help us in our work, so if you are interested to find out more about the work we do, please contact Denise Leary, Community Participation Co-ordinator at ENGAge South East.