WINNER: Linsay Severn – Age UK
Linsay started work with Age UK in 2018 on two pilot projects funded by Calderdale Community Foundation Fund tackling Isolation and
A transport project, whose purpose was to look for the gaps in transport for older people and support transport providers to be more conscious of the barriers facing older people and help develop an awareness around conditions that can affect older people, such as dementia and help support them to adapt to their needs Halifax wide.
Linsay also undertook a Nearly Neighbours project covering both Elland and Ovenden which focused on working in partnership with Together Housing to develop activities for older people in 2 of their schemes and develop some community links by supporting those that were isolated and lonely to access their communal area – thereby reducing their isolation and empowering residents to develop and sustain local actives catering for older people.
During her first year Linsay has successfully set up and supported Pennine Housing residents with funding bids for Social activities such as a sing along evening, IT support drop in sessions,delivered dementia friends sessions and developed awareness around what it is to age across Halifax.
She has supported several local groups to source transport where there have been challenges/ barriers for them which has helped reduce isolation for individuals but also help sustain groups that were on the verge of folding due to transport problems.
Working alongside partners she has impacted over 40 older peoples lives by supporting them one to one to access services intended to tackle isolation and loneliness such as befriending services. She has also raised £250 with Calderdale Hospital to go towards projects for people experiencing isolation and loneliness – ALL THIS during her 25 Hours a week –
Linsay has gone above and beyond for Age UK and the people in these communities in so many ways and has unfortunately left for pastures new however Age UK are certain she will continue to go above and beyond for older people in Halifax.
“She always makes me feel comfortable and at ease”, “I couldn’t even switch on my phone when i started, now i can use the phone, make calls, do text messages and use the camera and send photos!”
Some of the words spoken by her clients.