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Rod Perkins - Selwyn Centres - Reducing social isolation for older people and facilitating connection


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Rod Perkins - Selwyn Centres - Reducing social isolation for older people and facilitating connection

Rod Perkins - Selwyn Centres - Reducing social isolation for older people and facilitating connection

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  • The City Missioner was instrumental in establishing the Selwyn Foundation (although it was simply called Selwyn Village back then)
  • The problem with the model. Transport.
  • Cost of each Selwyn Centre= $6480 per day per year which depending on the exchange rate is £3240. this is an old slide, we have 32
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    • 1. Selwyn Centres - reducing social isolation for older people and facilitating connection from a Christian organisation in a secular society Rod Perkins PhD General Manager, Foundation Development and Charitable Activity, The Selwyn Foundation, Auckland, New Zealand & Hon Senior Lecturer, School of Population Health, The University of Auckland
    • 2. Outline • I want to describe our service- – What we do – Our people, the guests or recipients of our service – Our coordinators • Identify a major challenge services such as ours are facing and • Hear from you!
    • 3. Preamble • In major cities in New Zealand, the Anglican Church has a city mission or inner-city mission. Nowadays these institutions concern themselves with the poor & the homeless. They distribute food via foodbanks and deal with the consequences of the neoliberal environment. • In the past, they also had a particular concern for the elderly
    • 4. Early beginnings In 1946 the Auckland City Missioner said the elderly of Auckland had three main needs-  A lot needed some degree of care  Many had a great need for companionship and more- ‘love’  Many needed housing, but it was much further down the scale He also came to learn that the elderly in Auckland need a secure future
    • 5. The Development of Day Care • In 1977 we developed our first day programme at Selwyn Village. It was called day care and was thought to be a way of preventing admission into rest homes (= care homes). • Eleven years later there were 98 elderly people enrolled but from 1988 the numbers began to fall. • In 2003 the Selwyn Foundation began a partnership with parishes and the Selwyn Centre model was born
    • 6. Older People • Socially isolated •Living in the community •Stressed (personally and as a care-giver) Selwyn Foundation Ministry Selwyn funding Parish resources Management committee Volunteers CMDHB funding • Parish liaison coordinator •Coordinators •Nursing •Operation manual Context Inputs Process Activity participation Outputs Programme Activities Selwyn Centres’ Processes Ongoing support/advocacy Transport Refreshment/ lunch Meeting social needs Outcomes Guests’ outcomes: • Reducing isolation •Increase wellbeing •Increase ability for guest to stay in own home Organisational outcome: • Link agencies and church Care-givers’ outcome: • Reducing stress What we are trying to do and how
    • 7. Guests
    • 8. Some of our guests
    • 9. Our guests • Mean Age 79.8yrs • 79% Female • 37% Receiving Home Help • 15% Receiving personal care 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 <65yrs 65-74yrs 75-84yrs >84yrs Frequency Guest age groups
    • 10. Guest Living Situation 0 20 40 60 80 100 120 140 160 180 200 Living Alone Living with Others Rest home Unspecified Frequency
    • 11. Guest: Disability • 33% have no disability 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 40% Vision Hearing Mobility Medical Cognitive % of reported disabilities
    • 12. What we do
    • 13. Giving purpose to life Improved outlook “Being among people... broadens my outlook, and gives me an incentive to go out” I have a purpose to my week” “I have something to think about for the rest of the week as I am on my own” Days to look forward to “My lifestyle has altered a great deal and I always look forward to my next visit” “I just love Mondays, they can’t come quick enough. Getting your glad rags out and a little bit of lippy makes Mondays just great” “Just wish there were more Mondays in the week” Emotional improvement “I am happier than I used to be with these outside interests” “I am not so shy and plenty of laughter with everyone” “It gets me out of the house. I feel much better in myself”
    • 14. Reducing Isolation “I feel as if I have a new circle of friends” “I have met a lovely person that has helped me a lot” “I don’t feel isolated” “I lost my husband 3 ½ yrs ago I missed the companionship, which I now have here at the centre” “It is always nice to meet with new people. Good to meet people you know when out and about, something I missed when I moved” “More phone calls, people to chat to while out shopping..” “As a stranger in the area, I met new people of my age”
    • 15. Belonging “Company, with most people being in similar age group and with similar circumstances” “Fellowship and friendship, nice to mix with people in own age group” “Fellowship and hearing people’s life stories” “The company of other people, someone to talk over things with”
    • 16. What guests most enjoy When asked what they enjoyed the most, all guests identified one thing, many identified more than one
    • 17. Our coordinators
    • 18. Coordinators • Female • Older • Church links • Length of Service • Paid 6hrs per session • Christian Mission – not a job •‘Good women’ • Emotionally intelligent • Christian calling • Passion for older people • Sense of Humour •Appreciative of other's contribution • Respect • Confident • Caring and compassion • Organisational and management skills • Craft skills • Catering skills • Leadership • Marketing and promotion skills • Coordinating activities •Manage volunteers • Succession and planning • Food • Promotion • Financial management • Agency liaison • Member of the management committee Profile Skills Attributes What they do
    • 19. Coordinators’ skills Hard’ Skills • First aid knowledge • Marketing • Catering • Caretaking of the facilities Soft’ Skills Management of guests:  Observation - Participation  Engender team work  Making individual connections  Ensuring all guests’ inclusion Management of volunteers:  Leadership skills  Consistency in process  Coordination and delegation of tasks  Support other volunteers Additional skills:  Communication skills  Encouragement  Think on your feet
    • 20. From small beginnings…..
    • 21. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 22 24 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 NumberofCentres Growth of Selwyn Centres by Year
    • 22. Issues to ponder going forward • New Zealand is a tolerant secular society • Selwyn is an Anglican charity (and proudly so) & it wishes to continue to support Selwyn Centres • The State identifies our work as important, one health board funds us for providing a ‘day activity programme’ • Many of our coordinators and their leadership identify what they are doing as ‘God’s work
    • 23. Some of us believe Selwyn Centres should exist wherever older people are living in socially isolated situations • How should we market ourselves to- The community? Corporates? State funding agencies?