The following new service is designed to stop people having to go to A and E or be admitted to hospital when they can be supported at home with the right support. For many people this will be an important and welcome new development:
From: The Last Outing Team
The Last Outing: exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older LGBT people
We are getting in touch to let you know about a new research study *“The Last Outing: Exploring end of life experiences and care needs in the lives of older LGBT people”*. The study has been funded by Marie Cure Cancer Care Research Programme, and is led by Dr Kathryn Almack at the University of Nottingham.
The study will be the first of its kind across the UK and will run for two years (Sept 2012 to Aug 2014). We will be capturing people’s experiences in two ways:
1. A survey of LGBT older people’s end of life experiences and care needs
2. In-depth interviews with a sub-sample of the survey respondents (up to 60 people) to examine in-depth issues highlighted from the survey.
More information about the study and the research team can be found at: www.nottingham.ac.uk/nmpresearch/lastouting
We are now at the stage of launching the survey and we are keen to extend our contacts with LGBT individuals and groups across the UK to publicise the survey to potential participants as widely as possible.
We are looking for participants who meet the following criteria:
·Currently live in the UK
·Identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans, or their gender identity and/or gender expression is different from the one assigned at birth
·Are aged 60 or over OR are under 60 but have a partner or a person for whom they care who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or trans and is aged 60 or over.
We would very much appreciate your help in reaching people who meet these criteria and would be pleased to hear from you or from them directly.
Our website contains a link to the *online version* of the survey or we are more than happy to provide a *hard copy* of the survey for anyone wishing to participate but who does not have access to computer or who would prefer to work with a paper copy. For the latter we would need a postal address and we will provide a prepaid envelope for the survey’s return.
We also have some A4 posters and postcards available, aimed at publicising the study to potential participants, so please let us know if there are places where you could put up posters for us and/or distribute postcards and we can arrange to send these to you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like any more information.
The Last Outing Team
From: Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme Project Team
As part of the East Sussex Welfare Reform Project (which East Sussex County Council and the Borough and District councils are working in partnership on), we wanted you to be aware of new web pages detailing all of the changes as part of the Welfare Reform Act; highlighting the key challenges facing local residents.
Changes to the discretionary social fund is one aspect of the welfare reform. The Discretionary East Sussex Support Scheme, which replaces Community Care Grants and Crisis Loans for living expenses, is scheduled to go live on 2nd April. There is a tab in the middle of the front page which will direct you to the social fund changes and the information available on the new scheme to-date. http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/community/benefits/socialfund/default.htm
Breast Cancer LGBT Support Group – Message from Member
Would any ladies who have experienced breast cancer be interested in helping to form a breast cancer support group.
I find that if I go to the usual ladies groups I don’t fee completely relaxed if I want to mention my female partner or any gay related topics.
This would be a group for lesbians who have experienced breast cancer and the ensuing cancer journey for support, laughs and friendship.
Contact email@example.com if you are interested in this.
At the recent meetings of the Older Peoples Partnership Board and the Inclusion Advisory Group, the following significant topics were on the agenda. It seems to be a time of many new and far reaching strategies:
The East Sussex Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2013 – 2016
A newish and different kind of committee of the County Council is the Health and Wellbeing Board. Unusually this brings together the Director of Public Health, the Directors of Children’s and Adult Services with NHS commissioners, LINk and County Councillor representatives. It is charged with assessing local need and developing a strategy to promote integration between health and social care. It is in the early stages of developing a Health and Wellbeing Strategy to cover 2012 – 2016 and has identified the following areas for the Board to focus on.
- The best possible start for all babies and young children
- Safe, resilient, secure parenting for all children and young people
- Reducing the harm caused by alcohol and tobacco
- Preventing and reducing falls, accidents and injuries
- Enabling people to manage and maintain their mental health and wellbeing
- Supporting those with special educational needs, disabilities and long term conditions
- High quality and choice of end of life care.
Importantly there is a copy of the proposed strategy online.
The HRRA representative has been able to pinpoint issues particularly pertinent to LGB and T people – e.g. being enabled to ‘come out’ to service providers, having LGB and T ‘friendly’ services, being protected from homophobia from whatever source.
Pathways to support and independence: A draft strategy for supported housing and housing support in East Sussex 2012 – 2017
The aim of this strategy is “to support the delivery of joined up, cost effective supported housing and housing support services which make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people by enabling them to live in their own homes in the community for as long as possible delaying or preventing the need for institutional care and reducing homelessness.” The strategy covers the following groups:
People with a learning disability
People with mental ill health or disorder
People with a physical or sensory disability
People with multiple needs
Young people, including young parents
People at risk of domestic violence
Parts of this strategy are of particular significance to LGB and T people and again there is a consultation – open until 11 September. Be warned – the strategy document runs to 102 pages, but there is an executive summary of around seven pages! The section on Older People includes the proposed development of Extra Care Housing in Bexhill – with a chance, may be to ensure it is LGB and T friendly!
Report from Kate Hardy, Homeshare Co-ordinator:
Homeshare has its first match!
We have recently made our first match, they have had their trial period and it is working well. The householder is an elderly lady with dementia (early stages) and the homesharer has recently finished a college course and is now looking for work. The homesharer is aware that this may not be long term but is keen to find another match if this one comes to an end.
We also have another match in the pipeline and are just waiting to confirm start dates which we hope will be in November. This is with an elderly couple and a mature student from Chile. The couple have realised that they need some extra support with things like shopping and cooking and a bit of tidying up and are hoping that with the homesharers help they will be able to do their shopping on line. This will be a big help as none of them drive and they won’t have to worry about heavy shopping. The Homesharer had accommodation through the university but this came to an end and she is staying with friends in Southampton until the match can start.
We currently have 6 householders waiting to be matched, they are in Ringmer, East Hoathly, Langney, Battle, Uckfield and St Leonards so if you are interested in becoming a homesharer please contact me and lets make matches. Adult Social Care is keen to hear the views of people who are using their services, and their carers, about the kinds of services and support they might like to see more of in the future.