We are delighted to let you know that the fantastic Lewisham charity ‘Age Exchange’ has been shortlisted in the top 30 charities for The Guardian Charity Awards.
The Guardian Charity Awards offer a unique platform to celebrate the success of small and medium-sized charities working to improve social wellbeing. For 24 years, The Guardian have showcased their work and given winners the backing and profile they need to move forward. The full list of 30 organisations shortlisted this year has just been announced. The five winning charities will be announced at an awards lunch on 13 December at the Guardian’s London head office.
Read more about The Guardian Charity Awards here
More about Age Exchange
Age Exchange is the UK’s leading reminiscence charity and has over 30 years’ experience of using reminiscence to improve health and wellbeing. The organisation specialise in the use of reminiscence to improve the health and wellbeing of older people. Age Exchange provide support for carers, a reminiscence arts intervention for people with dementia, activities for older people and inter-generational projects to bring people together. If that’s not enough, they also run a community hub including a volunteer-led local library and not-for-profit café in Blackheath.
What is their connection with Catford South?
They have been working closely with the Catford South Assembly to help us develop our work around becoming an accredited Dementia Friendly Community, giving their time and expertise for free to help us, advise us and spoke at our launch event in 2015. More people from SE6 use their services than any other Lewisham Postcode.
They have also recently received funding from the Catford South Assembly to deliver a project drawing on the life experiences of the older residents in the community, this project will work towards developing a social space for older people and creating a book recording their lives in Catford.
The project aims to address the isolation, detachment and feelings of being undervalued that many older people experience. Enabling participants to increase their confidence make connections and raise awareness about people’s value to society. This will be done through using reminiscence, a highly person centred approach to engaging older people in group activities. Whether a resident of 40 years or having recently moved here, the person’s story will be valued and heard.
Age Exchange use object handling as part of their approach to trigger memories and they will encourage people to bring objects with them.
The workshops will be followed by a series of interviews to record the detailed stories for the book. The book will be given to participants and made available through the new Community Library and Healthy Lifestyle Centre.
The Catford South Assembly are so happy to have such a fantastic organisation working with us to help Catford become a Dementia Friendly Community and helping older people in our ward become less isolated and to feel more confident and valued.
We are delighted that they have received this exciting news! Congratulations to all at Age Exchange.
Visit their website to find out more and maybe even make a donation