LOOPs (Local Opportunities for Older People) Networks
In the New Year EVOC and Pilmeny Development Project will be launching a new project called ‘Local Opportunities for Older People’ or LOOPs.
These local networks, which correspond to the Social Care quadrants of the city, aim to improve communication and signposting across sectors and strengthen three referral routes into community based preventative services and activities which correspond to the numbered blue arrows on the diagram:
- Vulnerable or at-risk, socially isolated older people who, for whatever reason, are not accessing services – this might include from specific equalities groups, for example, older lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender [LGBT] or black or minority ethnic [BME] older people who find services difficult to access.
- Older people who have undergone some form of assessment but have been assessed as ‘low’ to ‘moderate’ need 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.
The City of Edinburgh Council has made an investment into the project and we want to know from you how that investment should be spent. To find this out we will be holding four local launch events and asking the questions:
- What do you need in your community to access the most socially isolated older people?
- How can EVOC and Pilmeny Development Project work with you to develop these underdeveloped referral routes?
- What barriers are you experiencing in developing successful partnerships with other local organisations?
- How can we support older people to access the right services or activities at the right time?
The events will take place:
Faith Mission Halls, Gilmerton
Thursday 6 February, 2:00 – 4:30
Drumbrae Library Hub
Tuesday 11 February, 2:00-4:30
Wester Hailes Education Centre
Friday 31 January, 2:00-4:30
Portlee Resource Centre
Friday 20 February, 10:00-12:30