Project Description: A project to involve older people living in sheltered housing in sewing a large quilt which will contain photographs and memories of family life, work and industry in the NW Leicestershire villages. A community artist will work with support staff from the schemes to lead art and sewing sessions involving some of the most isolated older people living alone. There will be an exhibition of the quilt to which all who have participated will be invited.
Communities and connections Research shows that people (of all ages) with strong social networks are happier, healthier, wealthier. People‟s social networks are the „social glue‟ that hold communities together
All that knowledge and talent...People in communities have a wealth of experience, skills and assets
“The Art of Reminiscing”• Older people living in sheltered housing• Got together to sew a large quilt containing photographs and memories of family life, work and industry• Worked with a community artist• Exhibition of the quilt
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„We may be retired but we‟re not too old! Mr and Mrs Hunt
Assets in communitiesThere are already lots of: Providers and users of traditional care services People with great ideas Community groups Voluntary organisations and volunteers Entrepreneurial individuals and innovators Faith groups Statutory agencies and departmentsWho have the skills and assets to help other people in their community ....
...if only we can: Find them... Join them up Offer a helping hand Minimise the barriers Be a community catalyst! When people work together they can achieve so much more than when they work alone. And that is what today is all about
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Who are we and where did we come from?Established in 2000Roots in our local churchesHolistic Suite of Services
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Track recordImproved the standard of life for over 15,000 people through furniture and starter packages.Supported & Trained over 1000 people to develop life & employability skills.Delivered over 3,000 Starter packs.Sustainable employment -assisted 200 into work.
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