Older People And Volunteers Attend Film Premier at Patching Lodge
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Care and Support, Communities, Education
A new film showcasing the benefits of community engagement for older people has premiered at Patching Lodge, an extra care housing estate owned and managed by Hanover Housing Association.
The film is set in Patching Lodge and gives the viewer insight into the inception of the ‘LifeLines’ initiative and the lives of the people it touches.
The Lifelines project is a joint venture between Hanover, Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Brighton and Hove Council. It draws on teams of volunteers who come in to the estate to run activities ranging from computer lessons to Art classes. What marks the project out is that it goes beyond activities that simply involve residents; it reaches out to the local community from which many older people come to Patching Lodge to enjoy the fabulous facilities and activities.
Hanover resident 85 year old year old Violet Hayden first became involved with the initiative two years ago. Since joining she regularly takes part in art classes, the reminiscence group and receives one to one computer support.
She said: “I really enjoy attending the weekly classes since taking part in the classes I have improved my drawing skills and have even learned how to trace my family tree.”
Based on the LifeLines model, Hanover and CSV have formed a national agreement to establish LifeLines initiatives at other Hanover estates. As part of this agreement, the film was a joint effort to expand the LifeLines model. The film is expected to highlight the benefits of the project to local authority commissioners in other areas.
Manager of LifeLines, Anna Richmond said: “The partnership between Lifelines and Hanover is proving very successful. Patching Lodge is a great community venue for the many different and varied activities older people can enjoy organised and led by our volunteers.”
“We are delighted with the film which showcases these activities and captures local commissioner views of health and wellbeing benefits for older volunteers and participants.”
Andrew Humphreys, Hanover’s Community Links Manager, said: “This is the best example I have come across of an initiative in extra care that benefits residents, engages the local community and raises the profile of the estate.
“LifeLines is an ideal model for delivering health and wellbeing activities in extra care and we hope to have many more projects running in the future.”
To view the film please click on the following link