Perhaps you feel no longer able to cope in your own home, have recently returned home from hospital, or are suffering from health problems or a bereavement. These things can cause you to have to think about your future housing and care.
Silverlinks support older people when they’re facing these tough decisions about their housing and care for future life.
It is part of the Big Lottery’s Silver Dreams fund, managed by Care and Repair England and delivered by local organisations in the West of England (West of England Care & Repair); Northumberland (AgeUK Northumberland); Nottinghamshire (AgeUK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire); Warwickshire (Age UK Warwickshire); Wigan (Age UK Wigan Borough); Rochdale (Rochdale Circle); Lancashire (Preston Care & Repair); Hackney (MRS Independent Living); West Cumbria (Age UK West Cumbria) and Cornwall (Cornwall Council). There are also other areas where Silverlinks activities are taking place such as talks, workshops and information sessions, particularly in Knowsley, Cambridgeshire and Hull.
A detailed evaluation report about the impacts of Silverlinks is available here
Judy Mead, Silverlinks Project Development worker at West of England Care & Repair, tells us what Silverlinks is:
How will Silverlinks help older people?
Silverlinks aims to put you in touch with another older person who has been through a similar situation, to help and support you through it, giving you advice about your housing and care options.
What else is happening?
Silverlinks is also looking at other ways to help older people plan for their future housing needs. We are running a number of workshops aimed at those who have recently retired or are about to retire, called “Thinking Ahead”. We are also running a series of workshops on “Housing and Care Options in Later Life” in which we help older people to prepare for the future or think about what their options are if they are thinking about how they will manage in their current home. Our aim is to equip older people with the knowledge they need to enable them to reach their own decisions about their housing, and provide information about where to go for specific advice and support if they need it.
You can find out more by reading our leaflet here: Silverlinks Leaflet