A new social enterprise has been launched to help older people, many of whom are living with dementia, enjoy more independent, fulfilling lives, for longer.
The Good Company People are looking for 18 hosts in Crowborough and surrounding villages for their pilot. Could you provide a safe and stimulating environment for up to three older adult guests in your own home?
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Lucy Buck lives in Rotherfield.
Lucy has a track record of providing sustainable alternatives to complement the existing social services. She founded and ran Child’s i Foundation – a charity which helped communities to provide a safety net for vulnerable families, so they didn’t have to give up their children to orphanages in the African county of Uganda.
We know that hobbies, intellectual stimulation and social interaction significantly improve the quality of life in older adults and those living with dementia. Strong family networks and expanded social relationships in the community, all help act as a buffer against the negative effects that being alone has on the wellbeing of older adults.Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Lucy Buck
The Community Interest Company has received funding for the pilot from East Sussex County Council, Care for the Carers and the Utley Foundation – which has been championing the use of music and music therapy to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia. If the prototype in Crowborough is successful, The Good Company People will expand its service across the whole of East Sussex.
Over 65s now represent a quarter of East Sussex county’s population and 1 in every 53 people currently have dementia (either diagnosed or undiagnosed). By 2030 the expected number living with dementia in East Sussex will have risen to over 15,000.
The Good Company People will train and support hosts. They will then carefully match guests with hosts according to their interests, needs, and hobbies. As Lucy explains, The Good Company People brings benefits for all concerned:
We want everyone to benefit – we want guests to enjoy affordable good company with like-minded peers, Hosts to earn an income and make a difference to their community and relatives to have regular time for themselves knowing their loved ones are in good company”.Lucy Buck
Download more information here: The Good Company People.
Click on the button below to register your interest in becoming a host (please state your heard about TGCP via Crowborough Life):