Charity receives £200k to give older people choice
A national older people’s charity has received almost £200,000 through lottery funding to help older people make housing decisions.
Care and Repair England has been selected to receive funding through the Silver Dreams Fund to run a scheme which links older people together when they are making decisions about their housing options.
The project, Silverlinks, which will run in Manchester, Bristol and Leeds, will be staffed by local older volunteers who will work with people who are facing housing changes through bereavement, illness or the onset of a disability. They will offer advice on adaptations and moving home, as well as offering workshops for people approaching retirement.
The project will also talk to older people about the design of homes and neighbourhoods to help them live independently.
Sue Adams, chief executive of Care and Repair England, said: ‘This award is fantastic news. The right home is critical to keeping your independence in later life, and older people tell us they really value talking to someone who is totally impartial and knowledgeable about possible housing options.
‘The project will link older people who have already gone through life changing housing situations with those facing the same dilemmas.’
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