Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Health literacy and patient empowerment, Prevention and early diagnosis of functional and cognitive decline, Independent living solutions, Social inclusion (intergenerational practice, work and volunteering), Age friendly buildings, environments, and communities.
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
We work with 4 key strategic partners: Rushmoor Borough Council, Rushmoor Voluntary Services, Step by Step & First Wessex. All 4 of these partners were involved in consultation & project design before and during the bidding stage. Funding was successfully obtained from the Big Lottery to deliver ANB over 18 months. Following on from this the partners have cooperated in the following ways (for which they were strategically brought in to do): RBC: to help promote the project (we will be featured in the next Arena magazine which is a local magazine published by RBC and distributed across the borough free of charge); RVS: Have enabled project staff & volunteers to take mini bus awareness training so that we can have use of their mini buses when required for the delivery of activities & excursions; Step by Step is a charity for homeless and vulnerable children who have often had traumatic childhood experiences - we are in the process of arranging for Nepalese OAs to be involved in interactive sessions with residents of Step by Step to inform, educate & inspire them with real life tales of the experiences serving I the Gurkhas and coming to England; First Wessex, access to care homes
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
Although there were no actual trials as such prior to the bid being submitted & accepted RHL did directly consult a wide range of OP & relevant local organisations. Over 300 Older People were consulted via the Project Sounding Board, Older People's Forums & groups. As mentioned above the 4 key strategic deliver partners were involved with consultation & design. Other organisations & prominent local people were consulted including local GPs, Hants CC OP Wellbeing Team, County Cllr, Local Cllr & Chair Senior Citizens' Forum, Local Nepalese Community Groups & Innovations in Dementia. Feedback from all consulted was overwhelmingly positive.
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
Integration & cohesion-trying to get older people of different cultures & ethnicity to integrate is very difficult especially in a borough such as Rushmoor where there are many myths publicised about the Nepalese culture, sensationalised on the back of a large influx of older Nepalese ex-Gurkhas .We aim to overcome this barrier by promoting the cultural positives the Nepalese migrants have that are often largely unseen & unknown, & also in doing so we hope to dispel many of the incorrect myths that have evolved on the back of negative campaigns against the integration of the Nepalese in the borough. Specifically we plan to combat the issue of integration by using ANB Nepalese participants in positive ways such as delivering inspirational and informative talks to younger people at Step by Step, showcasing work done by gardening volunteers (helping those who are unable to maintain their gardens) & also raising local awareness of the lengths many of the Nepalese OAs are going to in trying to successfully integrate. In terms of achieving cohesion we believe that our camping club & programme of excursions will evolve & successfully bring English & Nepalese together in a meaningful way