Old and Alone: Not just an Isolated Incident
This seminar took place on Thursday 11 October 2018 at the Reichel Hall in Bangor University and was chaired by Dafydd Iwan.
The first presentation was by Steve Huxton from the Older Person's Commissioners Office who gave an overview of Ageing Well in Wales.
The next presentation was by Dr Deborah Morgan who is a Researcher at the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research. The presentation was entitled Behind the Figures: Loneliness and Social Isolation in Later Life.
Dr Catrin Hedd Jones and Prof Gill Windle both from Bangor University spoke about Inter-generational Work Tackling Loneliness, and Reducing Loneliness in Later Life: The role of resilience.
The final presentation of the morning was from David Evans and Peter Harrison who spoke of the work carried out by Prestatyn Artisans Collective and some of the projects they have been involved in which help to prevent loneliness and isolation amongst the community.
The presentations were followed by three workshops:
Community Connections: David Worrall, Positive Steps/Connecting Communities
This workshop introduced the work of the British Red Cross in Wales and Community Connectors, the result of joint work between the Co-op and Red Cross, and the Positive Steps/Camau Cadarn project. The workshop explored the findings of the recent Co-op/Red Cross report 'Connecting communities to tackle loneliness and social isolation' and there was a discussion around the challenges and opportunities of working with people who are lonely and/or socially isolated.
Informing Policy: Penny Hall and Rachel Lewis, Welsh Government
This workshop provided an update on the Welsh Government's response to tackling loneliness and asked delegates to feed in to the response via a number of questions.
Overcoming Barriers: Valerie Billingham, Age Cymru
This workshop explored overcoming potential barriers in communities to facilitate the inclusion and participation of older people, to help combat loneliness and isolation. A number of points were discussed including neighbourhood design and services and Age Cymru's Community Calculator which can help gauge whether communities in Wales are age friendly.
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