Zach Moss 31 March 2014
Our first My Life, My Decision road trip . . . .
- In Hillingdon we learnt about Fit for Future – another exciting Big Lottery funded service. This new service from Age UK Hillingdon provide a tailored package of practical support to reduce loneliness, increase physical activity, encourage healthier eating choices and offer one to one support to manage long term health conditions. And we wish Chris Commerford well on her new career adventure.
- In Abingdon we heard about OxBELs Death Cafe series 2014, Age UK Oxfordshire’s new information drop in points and also Village Agents. We heard about Carer’s Oxfordshire’s ‘Late Spring’ initiative, and got to meet their End of Life trainers. We can’t wait to start connecting the projects and providing training for their volunteers.
- In Kendal our discussions focused on Deciding Right and how My Life, My Decision might connect with this initiative in the north east and Cumbria. Written by health and social care professionals for health and social care professionals, it brings together advance care planning, the Mental Capacity Act, cardiopulmonary resuscitation decisions and emergency healthcare plans. There are clear connections with My Life, My Decision and we will be exploring this further over the next couple of weeks.
- In Lancaster we heard about Active Lives and Fit for Future and we also heard about the strengthening of Age UK Lancashire’s community engagement. We are looking forward to connecting with their new CEO very soon.
- In Urmston we discussed in depth their dementia services and heard about their exciting plans for their new centre. Over the forthcoming months Compassion in Dying is intending to develop condition specific Advance Decisions, and one of the first ones will be an Advance Decision for those diagnosed with dementia. We are therefore delighted Age UK Trafford have agreed to help us develop and pilot the new forms.
- In South Shields we discussed Age Uk South Tyneside’s end of life networks and also their digital projects. There are some great learning and networking opportunities here for My Life, My Decision. We also got to visit their wonderful new cafe.