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Community Foundation launches lockdown provision for older people

Bristol Bears Community Foundation and a collaboration of local charities and community organisations have come together to form a new support hub to help older people and their families cope with the impact of the coronavirus in Bristol.

Alongside this collaborative involvement, the Foundation will simultaneously launch ‘The Golden Memories LP’, a lockdown provision for its own celebrated 55+ community programme.

Just like bringing the dance hall and disco into your home by sitting back and enjoying a good long-playing record, The Golden Memories LP is a way to bring our provision into your home also.

“Since the lockdown in the UK began, we have missed interacting and sharing time with over 100 older people a week across the city,” said programme manager, Kris Tavender.

“So, we set about planning to take our Golden Memories provision out to those that needed it the most. We have combined all the elements of what we may deliver within a session into one easy-to-use support pack. Physical activity and reminiscence in your own home. We will share this with retirement settings and care homes across the city, as well as deliver direct to the letterboxes of isolated individuals across Bristol postcodes.”

Targeting its usual cohort of 52-102-year-old participants, the Foundation’s lockdown provision will feed into a city-wide support package – The Support Hub.

The Support Hub will provide a range of different services for older people including practical, social and emotional support, such as shopping and weekly social phone calls, as well as virtual activities that older people can do from the safety of their own home.

Kay Libby, Co-Chief Executive of Age UK Bristol said: “It’s been brilliant to be part of a collaborative group of charities in Bristol all pulling together at a time when older people need us most; this will help us all to support the most vulnerable older people.

Charities and organisations have come together to create this new hub

Due to social distancing measures, there is a risk that some older people will feel lonely and socially isolated during this period. We feel it is important to think about social opportunities to keep older people connected while they are at home, as well as dealing with practical issues.”

The helpline for the Support Hub operates from 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. Sometimes the helpline will be busy so if messages are left on the phone or by email out of working hours, we will always respond as soon as possible.

To find out more about The #GoldenMemories LP contact Kris Tavender.

You can find out more about the Support Hub on the Age UK Bristol website. To get in touch with the Support Hub please ring the helpline on 0117 929 7537 or email admin@ageukbristol.org.uk

The Support Hub is made up of: Age UK Bristol, Active Ageing Bristol, Alive, Alzheimer’s Society, Bristol Ageing Better, Bristol And Avon Chinese Women’s Group, Bristol Bears Bristol Community Foundation, Community Navigators, Bristol Stroke Foundation, Cruse Bereavement Care, Dhek Bhal, Independent Age, Linkage, Marmalade Trust, North Bristol Advice Centre, Oasis-Talk, Playlist for Life, RSVP West, St Monica Trust, The Reader and We Care Home Improvements.