Bridging the Gaps was an initiative to promote social inclusion and reduce loneliness for older people.
We looked at current research about the types of activities which help people to stay involved, including hosting a workshop with the National Development Team for Inclusion on 'Not a one way street - Research into older people's experiences of support based on mutuality and reciprocity.'
We worked with older people in Jesmond and Throckley to develop stronger networks between local older people's groups and to stimulate new activity.
We started a monthly coffee morning on Wednesdays at the Milecastle in the centre of Newcastle. It's open to anyone to come along for a chat and stimulating conversation.
In Autumn 2013 we launched a small grants programme with Age UK Newcastle. It was called 'Staying Connected' and offered individuals and organisations the opportunity to test out new ideas which will appeal to people who might otherwise find it hard to keep up their social networks. We shared the learning from the projects at an event on 1 April 2014.
To read the Staying Connected: An Evaluation Report, click here.
Elders Council Board Member Halina has been putting the Elders Council on the map with the Great Exhibition of the North. Having signed up as a volunteer, she has taken the opportunity to promote the Elders Council. Halina arranged for the EC Radio Programme to run a feature on the Great North Exhibition on its June programme, and secured interviews with a number of key people including Carol Bell, Executive Director of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Sarah Munro, Director of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. The photo shows Halina in action recording her interview with Sarah Munro.
Elders Council is also a partner in Future Homes which will feature as part of the Great Exhibition of the North with a virtual reality tour of a future home at the Core on Helix (formerly Science Central) on Bath Lane. Don't miss it.