The Healthy Ageing through Innovation in Rural Europe (HAIRE) project aims to build more age-friendly communities by empowering older people.

The project enables older people to define the support they need, allows them to participate in the design of services and encourages the development of solutions to meet local needs.

The project has conducted 76 Interviews with over 200 hours-worth of conversations with older people in Rye, Robertsbridge and Rural Rother, which revealed a vast amount about what it is like growing older in our local communities.

Four major themes have emerged that impact on older people’s lives:

1. life changes and transitions,

2. loneliness and isolation,

3. staying active and

4. access to information and resources.

They now want to further explore these themes with the help of local people aged 60 or over to identify solutions and actions to meet local needs. There are a selection of upcoming events where the topics will be explored individually:

Staying Active

Bounce back from the pandemic – help us to create new ways to promote physical health for the 60 plus age group. Call Sue on 07783 847944.

Reducing Loneliness

Most of us can feel lonely from time to time, perhaps particularly through the pandemic when being with friends and family has been more difficult. Share your ideas about how to make a difference locally. Call Sue on 07783 847944.

Coping with Change

Journey through life – what support, services and activities could be put in place to help plan for the future and respond to change? Call Annette on 07369 221256.

5th October 9-12.30pm at Robertsbridge Village Hall

Making Information Accessible

How can we improve the ways in which isolated people find out about (and benefit from) local support, services, and activities? Call Teresa on 07709 169227.

Their website has the registration form for each event or you may choose to sign up by telephone.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Teresa via email or on 07709 169227 with any general inquiries about the project.

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