'Awards for all' Big Lottery Funded Project 2017

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Background

The video is the key output of a pilot project to engage people about the challenges of living alone and caring for a partner in later life. Nine people were successfully recruited from 40 participants, at two open engagement events.

Click here to see details of the engagement events held

The video featuring seven participants was premiered at a showcase event to local groups and societies who reflected on the content and then pledged actions to increase numbers of older members and guests at events.

Watching the video

The video was developed as part of a Big Lottery funded, Awards for All project.  The 'Pull Up A Chair' engagement tool was used to deliver an audio-visual record of older peoples' thoughts on loneliness.

The video running time is 27 minutes and this is divided into nine themed films, each of which runs for 2-3 minutes.

These films can provide a useful focus for any training/awareness event and run consecutively once started.  Use the pause button for discussion periods.

Click here to watch the video 

To see the individual films, click on the headings below

Ageing

This first themed film covers the frustrations and fears of living alone and accommodating to both the ageing process and changes in circumstances.

Attitudes to Ageing

This second themed film covers the heightened sensitivity to being overlooked/unseen in a crowd and perceived lack of respect as an older person.

Bereavement

This third themed film covers the acute loss of recent bereavement, difficulties adjusting and loss of carer role as an older person.

Accessing Care Services

This fourth themed film covers the disappointment in time allowed with a GP and withdrawal of Adult Education classes. Also the lack of integration between services, issues trying to remember advice and struggling with leaflets.

Getting Out

This fifth themed film covers making the effort to get out and about so you have something to talk about.  Also, an appreciation of transport services, fear in town on dark nights and weather, all as barriers for an older person.

Joining Groups

This sixth themed film covers the need to join groups as an older person.  This includes the understanding that keeping fit mentally and physically provides a reason to join but that people really benefit from social interaction, especially being introduced to other activities.

Living Alone

This seventh themed film covers the pain of silence, missing partners, sandwiches in the middle of the night, women having easy access to neighbours but men needing to go out to clubs or pubs, bottling it up and not relying on the 'bottle'.

Social Support Networks

This eighth themed film covers the difficulties around making social networks amongst neighbours, who either lead busy lives or are old themselves and have their own issues.

Talking with People

This ninth and last themed film covers the problems of talking too much or forgetting how to speak, using every opportunity to exchange a few words or realising that you may be talking but not engaging with others. This also includes losing your social network of GP's, nurses and carers when you cease to be a carer.

Intended Audiences

It is hoped anyone interested in the challenges faced by older people living on their own or caring for partners will benefit from watching this film. This should include Health and Social Care practitioners and commissioners, Housing Officials, Community Development teams, Public Services, Education Institutions at all levels, Private and Third Sector organisations serving older adults and the general public (as friends, relatives and neighbours.)

For More Information

If more information on this topic is required please click on these resources:

Hidden Citizens

How can we identify the most lonely older adults? 

The Missing Millions

In search of the loneliest in our communities 

Testing Promising Approaches to Reducing Loneliness

Results and Learnings of Age UK’s Loneliness Pilot. 

No one should have no one

Working to end loneliness amongst older people 

Predicting the prevalence of loneliness at older ages

Professor José Iparraguirre, Chief Economist, Age UK 

Combating Loneliness

A guide for local authorities

Ageing without Children survey results 2015

Ageing without children is hosted by the Beth Johnson Foundation