Supporting older people
Cotswold district is home to a high number of older people because of the good standard of living and attractive environment. However, this attractive rural environment also means that many older residents live a long way from mainstream services and support. We have commissioned research into loneliness and the need for community transport which you can download and read below.
There are also numerous voluntary and charitable bodies which can help – the information below introduces some of them plus details of the paid-for Cotswold Careline service.
Fair Shares is the name used in Gloucestershire for banking time. It is built on the principle of being a good neighbour, of someone getting a helping hand and then returning the favour. Everyone has some skills to offer, no money is exchanged, just everyone's time is valued equally. For further information please:
- visit the Fair Shares website
Village and Community Agents support people aged 50+ living in Gloucestershire, bridging the gap between the local community and the statutory or voluntary organisations able to offer help or support. For more information please:
- visit the Village and Community Agents website
Cotswold Friends offers various services to residents of the North Cotswold area. These include
- community transport
- carer respite
- three monthly lunch clubs in Moreton in Marsh, Northleach and Wyck Rissington.
They are based at the Library, Stow Road, Moreton in Marsh and deliver services as far south as Southrop, west to Dowdeswell, north to Mickleton and east to Adlestrop. For more information please:
- visit the Cotswold Friends website
Community Connexions operates a community transport service in Cotswold District, running community bus services and door-to-door transport. For more information please:
Churn Good Neighbours
Churn Good Neighbours is a befriending scheme for older people in Cirencester. It brings together older people who live on their own with a reliable, local volunteer. For more information please:
- visit the Churn Good Neighbours website
Thursday Club, Cirencester
The Thursday Club is for local people aged 50+ to get together for activities or just to have a chat and a cuppa. Speakers come in regularly and provide a huge variety of talks. Activities range from willow workshops, to beauty treatments, to town walks, wildlife talks, local history talks and reminiscence sessions. For more information please:
- visit the The Thursday Club website
Cotswold District Citizen's Advice Bureau
The CAB service provides free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to everyone about their rights and responsibilities. It values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination. Areas they cover include: debt, consumer issues, benefits, housing, employment, legal etc. For more information please:
- visit the CAB service website
People for You - Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade
People for You is a befriending and signposting scheme covering Tetbury, Fairford and Lechlade. For more information please:
- visit the People for You website
Carers Gloucestershire is an independent, carer-led charitable organisation that seeks to empower carers across the county to promote their rights and enable them to make positive choices to improve the quality of their lives. For more information please:
- visit the Carers Gloucestershire website
Cotswold Counselling is a registered charity dedicated to the relief of emotional distress caused by mental or physical ill health or by social or economic circumstances, affecting people in the Cotswolds and the surrounding area. For more information please:
- Visit the Cotswold Counselling website
- Ring: 01285 885830 for further information or to make an appointment
- The telephone is answered Monday to Friday 10 am - 12 noon.
Memory clubs are free friendly clubs for people with memory concerns, dementia and their friends, families and carers. For details of times and locations, please see the following:
Cotswold Careline is a 24 hour monitored community alarm service which supports and helps people to live independently in their own home. For more information please:
- email Cotswold Careline
- call 01594 812505
Research into loneliness and community transport
We commissioned research, with financial assistance from the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire, to look at the incidence and impact of loneliness on older people in Cotswold District. To read the report please select it from the drop down list below.
Cotswold community transport study
Following this, we worked with community transport providers Cotswold Volunteers and Cotswold Friends (with funding from Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner) to research current and potential community transport provision in the district.
The study found that to meet transport needs, especially in the current financial climate and with an ageing population, there will have to be greater partnership working between all agencies involved. It makes specific recommendations for Gloucestershire County Council, Cotswold District Council and community transport providers. To read the report, please select Cotswold Community Transport Study from the drop down list below.
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