The Seniors Together Project is a Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire SCIO initiative funded by the Big Lottery. The project aims to improve the lives of older adults in East Renfrewshire who are isolated and have little or no contact with others.
Seniors Together will come to an end on the 31st March 2018. The project ran successfully for 5 years, exceeding all its targets in the first year.
We’ve supported 144 older people through 1:1 befriending
Connected 203 older people through social events
The project has been supported by 68 volunteers
We are now no longer taking referrals for the project and can no longer accept any volunteer applications. If you are interested in other volunteering opportunities, please see our volunteering page. Finally, we would just like to say a big thank you to all our volunteers who have supported the project for the past five years, without you the project would not have been the success that it was.
Seniors Together - What's next?
In 2016, VAER undertook a full evaluation of our befriending project, Seniors Together. Our key finding evidenced the positive impact experienced by all those involved, both older people and volunteers; the project was successful in reducing isolation and promoting social connectivity across East Renfrewshire. Our evaluation research also highlighted the increasing need for these and similar types of services.
We are keen to share our learning from Seniors Together with the wider community to increase ways in which people can connect with others in East Renfrewshire. This can be with groups and organisations who already do this and have knowledge, assets and skills or from groups who haven’t yet considered connectedness and befriending but are interested in learning a bit more about what this is in East Renfrewshire.
From September 2017, we began connecting with other individuals and organisations that had an interest in building upon the success of Seniors Together. We did this through holding a series of café conversations to build networks and have conversations around increasing connectedness in East Renfrewshire. Please see below for reports on these events.
We are currently working with the organisations and individuals who are interested in facilitating a service, so please keep an eye out for further developments.
In addition, VAER in partnership with Thrive have been successful in receiving a grant award from Big Lottery Scotland- Improving Lives. The Funding is to deliver a two year programme working in East Renfrewshire and South Ayrshire to shape the future design of services for older people, we call this ‘Tomorrow’s Older People Today’. This is an exciting piece of work, so please check back for future announcements.