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.”