While our current service range is focused on addressing the basic and increasing care needs of our core service users, we are also looking to develop a service strategy that kicks in at an earlier stage. We envisage reaching out to more residents who do not already have substantial care needs, but would benefit from boosting their self-reliance and the ability to cope independently earlier in life, before real crisis points develop.
We are, in December 2015, at the early stages of starting a Befriending & Outreach project which will be managed by CCA. As part of a low level support strategy this would help to improve participation in social and community activities, increase independence and improve health and well-being for older people living in Assynt.
We are actively networking with existing befriending schemes in similar rural areas to learn as much as possible from their experience. Last but not least we will announce some dedicated fundraising activities for this project soon and hope that the whole community will pull together to make this happen!