Weathering Well is a Summer Health Promotion Programme.
The London Borough of Southwark as part of the Weathering Well initiative has funded Age UK Lewisham and Southwark (AUKLS) summer health promotion Programme. The intention is to deliver a health promotion programme over the summer that:
- Enables older people in Southwark to maintain their independence, safety and wellbeing in their own homes, contributes to reducing hospital admissions by utilising the SAIL first contact scheme which will provide home visiting from advice workers, guided conversations with care navigators, good neighbours schemes and provide easy access to a wide range of services to support vulnerable older people through the summer months
- Reduces social isolation and improve the well-being amongst older people in Southwark through the promotion of a programme of community activities where people can access information and practical measures on keeping cool and well in summer, particularly in the event of heatwaves and associated poor air quality
What is the Programme?
AUKLS will be to delivering a range of activities to support older people stay well during the summer months. The Programme is focussed on reaching vulnerable older residents who are at risk of health problems that a can arise as a result of hot weather, heatwaves and associated poor air quality. It aims to:
- Inform vulnerable older people living in Southwark that there are services out there that they can access confidently for information, advice and practical support to stay well during the summer months, particularly in the event of heatwaves.
- Inform staff and volunteers in front line health and social care services, voluntary and community organisations in Southwark of the Programme messages, and encourage them to refer or sign post to those who may need help through SAIL for a range of services to support older people, such as getting financial advice and a benefits check, home improvements services for people in private sector housing who may qualify for free adaptations.
- Encourage local businesses and residents to look out for those in the community who might be more vulnerable during periods of prolonged hot weather.
- Encourage people to volunteer in groups and services that can support older people to keep stay well and reduce their social isolation, such as the COPSINS partners (Time and Talents, Blackfriars Settlement, Southwark Pensioners Centre, Alzheimer’s Society and Dulwich Helpline & Southwark Churches Care) as well as South London Cares.
- Develop the delivery community based local activities across the borough through the provision of small grants.
- Link with the NHS local care networks as they develop to ensure joined up services.
What are the 5 key summer health messages?
- Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler
- Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm(the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat
- Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol
- Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors
- Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water
Additional key messages
- Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn’t possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter).
- Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as food, water and any medications you need
- Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves
- The Summer Health Promotion Programme launches on 1st June 2015 and runs through the summer until September. Representatives from the different organisations within Southwark who work with older people will form a Reference Group to help steer the programme, ensuring good working relationships and service user pathways.
For more information on the Programme please contact Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
on 020 7358 4079 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Grants available for local groups and organisations based in Southwark
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark have some small grants available as part of our Summer Health Prevention Programme for small organisations and groups based in Southwark.
The grant will enable groups and organisations to run an event (before the 30th September 2015) and promotion the Summer Health Prevention Key Messages.
Download here the application pack:
Criteria – Small Grants -SHPP 16 AUKLS
Application Form – Small Grants – Summer Health Promotion Programme 16 AUKLS
Evaluation Form – Small Grants – Summer Health Promotion Programme 16 AUKLS
Grants will be allocated on an ongoing basis, giving priority to first time applicants, if you have any question please call on 020 7358 4079.
Please return your application form as soon as possible by email at email@example.com or by post at:
Age UK Lewisham and Southwark
Stones End Centre
11, Scovell road
SE1 1QQ, London