Connecting Care Roadshows

Spectrum CIC will join a range of organisations in the Connecting Care partnership to launch a new series of roadshows early next year.

The multi-partner project will see teams visit all 14 of the Wakefield and District Housing (WDH) Independent Living hubs to speak to older residents about topics relating to health and wellbeing, including fitness, frailty and substance misuse. The sessions are particularly aimed at over-60s, and will be supported by the launch of a leaflet for older people and a campaign to coincide with Alcohol Awareness Week in November.

The project is still in the early stages of negotiation but plans are being drawn together by Wakefield Council, Spectrum and other partners. Age UK are hoping to lead a workshop on frailty, whilst colleagues from Wakefield Council will be discussing nutrition and gentle chair-based exercise. Andy Simms, Spectrum’s Community Development Alcohol Practitioner, is co-ordinating our participation in the roadshows and will be giving a presentation on the link between alcohol and hypothermia, encouraging older residents to drink responsibly over the winter months.

The project will receive funding through the Connecting Care partnership.  Andy says, “This is shaping up to be a fantastic project which will really make Connecting Care visible across the district and raise awareness of health issues affecting older people.”

The Connecting Care Roadshows will begin in January 2017 and continue for eight weeks, with staff aiming to speak to more than 1,000 local residents. Updates on the project will be coming in October, so stay tuned!

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