Age UK Lewisham & Southwark helps older people in summer in Southwark.

The London Borough of Southwark as part of the Weathering Well initiative has funded the Age UK Lewisham and Southwark Summer Health Promotion Programme.

The intention is to deliver a health promotion programme over the summer that:

  • Enables older people in Southwark to maintain their independence, safety and wellbeing in their own homes; contributes to reducing hospital admissions by utilising the SAIL first contact scheme which will provide home visiting from advice workers, guided conversations with care navigators, good neighbours schemes and provide easy access to a wide range of services to support vulnerable older people through the summer months
  • Reduce social isolation and improve well-being amongst older people in Southwark through the promotion of a programme of community activities where people can access information and practical measures on keeping cool and well in summer, particularly in the event of heatwaves and associated poor air quality
What is the Programme? 
AUKLS will be to delivering a range of activities to support older people stay well during the summer months. The Programme is focussed on reaching vulnerable older residents who are at risk of health problems that a can arise as a result of hot weather, heatwaves and associated poor air quality. It aims to:
Inform vulnerable older people living in Southwark that there are services out there that they can access confidently for information, advice and practical support to stay well during the summer months, particularly in the event of heatwaves.
Inform staff and volunteers in front line health and social care services, voluntary and community organisations in Southwark of the Programme messages, and encourage them to refer or sign post to those who may need help through SAIL for a range of services to support older people, such as getting financial advice and a benefits check, home improvements services for people in private sector housing who may qualify for free adaptations.
Encourage local businesses and residents to look out for those in the community who might be more vulnerable during periods of prolonged hot weather.
Encourage people to volunteer in groups and services that can support older people to keep stay well and reduce their social isolation, such as the COPSINS partners (Time and Talents, Blackfriars Settlement, Southwark Pensioners Centre, Alzheimer’s Society and Dulwich Helpline & Southwark Churches Care) as well as South London Cares.
Develop the delivery community based local activities across the borough through the provision of small grants.
Link with the NHS local care networks as they develop to ensure joined up services.
What is the Programme? 

AUKLS will be delivering a range of activities to support older people stay well during the summer months. The Programme is focused on reaching vulnerable older residents who are at risk of health problems that a can arise as a result of hot weather, heatwaves and associated poor air quality. It aims to:

  • Inform vulnerable older people living in Southwark that there are services out there that they can access confidently for information, advice and practical support to stay well during the summer months, particularly in the event of heatwaves
  • Inform staff and volunteers in front line health and social care services, voluntary and community organisations in Southwark of the Programme messages, and encourage them to refer or sign post to those who may need help through SAIL for a range of services to support older people, such as getting financial advice and a benefits check, home improvements services for people in private sector housing who may qualify for free adaptations
  • Encourage local businesses and residents to look out for those in the community who might be more vulnerable during periods of prolonged hot weather
  • Encourage people to volunteer in groups and services that can support older people to stay well and reduce their social isolation, such as the COPSINS partners (Time and Talents, Blackfriars Settlement, Southwark Pensioners Centre, Alzheimer’s Society and Link Age Southwark) as well as South London Cares
  • Develop the delivery of community based local activities across the borough through the provision of small grants
  • Link with the NHS local care networks as they develop to ensure joined up services

5 key summer health messages

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it's safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don't go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you're vulnerable to the effects of heat
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors 
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water

Additional key messages 

  • Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows.  If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter). 
  • Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need 
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves

Small Grants available for local groups and organisations based in Southwark

Age UK Lewisham and Southwark have some small grants available as part of our Summer Health Prevention Programme for small organisations and groups based in Southwark.

We are giving out small grants of up to £400 to enable local groups and organisations to run an event or series of events and promote the Summer Health Prevention Key Messages. If you are interested in applying for a grant please download and return the documents below.

Download the application pack below:

Small Grants Criteria [PDF, 372KB]

Small Grants Application Form 2017 [Doc, 183KB]

Small Grants Evaluation Form

Grants will be allocated on an on going basis, if you have any question please call on 020 7358 4077.

Please return your application form as soon as possible by email to rachel.henry@ageuklands.org.uk.