Local Opportunities for Older People
In early 2014 EVOC and Pilmeny Development Project launched LOOP (Local Opportunities for Older People) Networks in each of the Health and Social Care quadrants. These local networks, which correspond to the Healthy Living Partnership, developed by Pilmeny Development Project in Leith, are being developed in partnership with Pilmeny Development Project and City of Edinburgh Council to improve uptake of social activities and preventative services by Edinburgh’s older people.
Our primary aim is to improve communication and signposting between the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors and strengthen three underutilised referral routes into community based preventative services and activities :
- Vulnerable or at-risk, socially isolated older people who, for whatever reason, are not accessing services – this might include older people from specific equalities groups, for example, older lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] or black or minority ethnic [BME] older people who might find services difficult to access.
- Older people who have undergone some form of assessment but have been assessed as ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ need and who need to be signposted to additional community based preventative services or social activities.
- Older people who have been assessed as requiring services but who would benefit from additional community based services or activities. This might include older people who are undergoing a transition, perhaps from a more clinical provision to provision within the community.
This work, which is specified within City of Edinburgh Council’s Commissioning Plan for Day Services for Older People (2012-17), has been successfully piloted by Pilmeny Development Project since 2009 and has the following strategic aims and ambitions:
- Strengthening of local infrastructure – providing a supported forum for local organisations to come together – to share information/perspectives/ideas – in order to increase the uptake of all local community services by local older people. Building on and maximising the considerable contribution which the voluntary sector already makes in providing preventative services for older people.
- Strengthening community capacity and resilience – so that communities are more able to provide informal support for local vulnerable older people.
- Strengthening the voice of local older people – so that they have a direct impact on the services that are available locally and how these are designed to meet their needs.
In addition, EVOC will be using the LOOP Networks to ‘Share the Learning’ from the Innovation Fund grants programme of The Edinburgh Change Fund initiative and from other useful work on preventative health care for older people in Edinburgh.
We’ve had a new booklet published containing all the information you might need about the LOOPS projects in each of the quadrants:
View the LOOPS – Booklet -WEB Version.
View the LOOPS Booklet – PRINT Version.
LOOPs now has a monthly newsletter, which contains any updates & news for the four localities, as well as meeting dates. To subscribe to the newsletter, please contact Stef Milenkovic.