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In Good Hands

In Good Hands Project North East (IGH) is a 3.5 year £1million project funded by the BIG Lottery in association with The Daily Mail. The funding programme strand is Silver Dreams – social impacts of programmes for older people in the community. SCENE Enterprises CIC, based in Tyne and Wear, created the project and manages IGH.

The project is a unique and far reaching programme of awareness raising, training, qualifications and opportunities to volunteer in support of older people with age acquired deafblindess. It will also initiate the development of support and training around age acquired communication disorders.

Beneficiaries and stakeholders will come from: Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley local authority areas.

The Care Act 2014 and IGH

The Care Act 2014 and the related Guidance and Regulations represents a timely opportunity for older deafblind people and IGH. IGH is aimed directly at enabling the type of “preventative services” called for in the Act. The Act follows on from the Cavendish Review July 2013 into standards of care: “…society urgently needs a a flexible, caring workforce with a common base of values and knowledge.”

Our Aims

IGH builds on a successful pilot in Northumberland by rolling out awareness of the challenges faced by older deafblind people throughout the north east of England. IGH believes that all those in contact with an older deafblind person should receive nationally accredited training and qualifications.

The pilot IGH discovered a hidden need around older people who have additional acquired communications disorders (ACD) caused by, for example, dementia or following a stroke. SCENE will be developing training for people working in care and those in the community to increase awareness and skills for this group of older people, some of whom may also be deafblind.

Social workers and care professionals are now able to access training and a unique qualification that will help them to carry out a statutory Deafblind assessment and comply with the Care Act 2014 and Regulations relating to specialist assessment of Deafblind people (Section 6).

IGH will support older people to become volunteers to support older deafblind people. The training will increase personal resilience to manage key transitions in their lives caused by deafblindness and to receive the care and dignity they deserve.

IGH Locations

IGH will operate in the following local authority areas over the next 3 and a half years:

  • County Durham.
  • Northumberland.
  • Tees Valley: Middlesbrough, Stockton, Hartlepool, Darlington, Cleveland.
  • Tyne and Wear: Sunderland, Newcastle, South Tyneside, North Tyneside.

For further information please call In Good Hands on 0191 492 8237

Or use the contact page on this site.

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