Age UK Portsmouth works in partnership with many local companies and trusts with the aim of helping to improve the quality of life for older people in the community.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Age UK Portsmouth have agreed to work together to bring non-medical support, social care and community services to help older people in Portsmouth with multiple long-term health conditions.The principle aims of the partnership are:
- To support vulnerable older people in reducing the risk of fire within their homes
- To support vulnerable older people in reducing the risk and length of stay of unplanned hospital admissions
- To reduce the reliance on the use of primary, secondary and acute healthcare services
- To develop increased socialisation and independence keeping people safe in their own homes for longer
Over the next three years Age UK Portsmouth is working with Age UK's national head office and 11 other local partners in supporting older veterans through the Joining Forces project. The partnership is supported by the Aged Veterans Fund, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR funds.
Our aim is to mitigate against loneliness through offering social activities and peer befriending. We will enable veterans to have increased participation in community activities, outings, events, breakfast club and social networks.
We also assist veterans in accessing local practical and emotional support from voluntary, statutory and community-based organisations if needed. Our focus is on what matters most to the person and through using personalised Guided Conversations we can assist in setting agreed goals. We aim to empower people to take an active role in planning, managing and enhancing their wellbeing to ensure they maintain choice and control over their own lives.
The British Red Cross and Age UK Portsmouth deliver the Portsmouth Support at Home service as commissioned by Portsmouth City Council’s Integrated Commissioning Unit. This service commenced on 1 July 2015 and is still active today.
Eligible service users, who have been discharged from hospital, attended A&E or referred from the community healthcare teams, are supported within their own homes by the British Red Cross and Age UK Portsmouth as part of the Portsmouth Rehabilitation and Reablement Programme. Service users are encouraged to work towards achievable, mutually agreed outcomes in order to help regain their independence.
Through Rentokil Initial’s incredible generosity Age UK Portsmouth has been able to continue offering its Gardening Service. In 2015 Rentokil Initial donated a van that has been used by our Gardening Service to clear and maintain the gardens of hundreds of vulnerable people in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas. This has allowed many older people to remain safe and independent in their own homes.
We have an excellent reputation for delivering flexible, tailored services, including new builds, major and minor refurbishments, alterations, extensions and rolling programmes of works across all building types and in both the public and private sectors. Our support services include facilities management and planned and responsive repairs, with the company currently responsible for maintaining over 11,000 residential homes and a university’s halls of residence.
At Mountjoy we are proud of our local focus and of our local understanding. We are able to offer a personal, friendly service, ensuring that flexibility, support and collaborative working are integrated into all aspects of our business. By the same token, Mountjoy’s position as part of the Quarr Group, a leader in the provision of business support services across the south of England, offers the financial strength and security of a corporate group.
We are a name to trust. We are uniquely positioned as a credible company with a first-class reputation; all achieved whilst retaining our ‘personal-touch’ and an inherent flexibility to adapt to ever-changing client needs.
Tesco and Groundwork - Growing Older (GO) Outdoors
With help from Tesco and Groundwork's Bags of Help Scheme our gardening team engaged older people (aged 65 to 95) from our Bradbury Activity Centre in volunteering to improve outdoor areas in three diverse settings across Portsmouth: Eastney Beach, Freedom Forest and James Butcher Court Residential Home.
In addition to the primary benefits of having nicer/tidier/safer outdoor spaces, by involving older residents of Portsmouth we were able to reduce social isolation and the negative feelings of no longer being useful. We helped to instil a sense of pride in the older people by using gardening activities as a means to assist in memory recall and increase motivation by showing that you are never too old to give something back to your community.