Our Mid-term Review Event
Taking place at The Venue@DMU, on Wednesday 14th June, the event reviewed the programme’s achievements at the half way point.
The review heard from guest speakers Professor Azhar Farooqi, OBE FRCGP, Chair of Leicester Clinical Commissioning Group, Jonathan Eastwood, Head of Funding at the Big Lottery Fund and Karen Chouhan, WEA/Healthwatch.
People who have used the programme’s services have seen a measurable reduction in their social isolation, an improvement in well-being and a reduction in visits to the GP.
An independent evaluation by Nottingham University compared national norms and Leicester. This showed that LAT is reaching people with high levels of loneliness and poor well-being. Follow ups demonstrate that their isolation is reducing and their well-being improving, as well as a reduction in the number of visits to the GP.
The programme has reached over 4000 individuals and recruited over 700 volunteers since it launched in October 2015.
Attendees at this year’s event heard a resume of our activities in the first two years, and how LAT has impacted on the social isolation and loneliness of older people.
Rob Hunter, Board Chair at Leicester Ageing Together, said:
“Looking forward, we are working closely with our partner organisations, beneficiaries and local communities to maintain the excellent results we have achieved, to build on them and continue to learn.”
Attendees, which included staff and volunteers from many partner organisations delivering LAT services, were invited to reflect on their experience of the programme, ask questions and make suggestions for the future. The Leicester Ageing Together Board and core team will learn from this feedback, and it will contribute to the way forward in the second half of the project.