The Healthy Ageing Network in Derry (HAND) project aims to provide a sustainable service for the elderly within the rural area by creating a viable and sustainable social economy cluster. The money generated through the social enterprises will fund services for older people that will promote better health, improved well-being and provide greater support, contributing towards independent and active lifestyles. This project will target those older people who currently do not engage with the services that are provided locally, especially the more physically and mentally active older people who have just retired and are finding this transition period quite difficult.
Due to their knowledge and experience, wherever possible, older people will also be recruited as project volunteers for the social economy cluster, meaning that the project beneficiaries will also be heavily involved in the day to day running of the social enterprises. This will give the older people residing in Derry~Londonderry’s rural areas the opportunity to play a meaningful role within their community, utilise their skills, and socialise within an environment which is mentally and physically stimulating. The project also benefits the less physically active older people of rural Derry~Londonderry who are unable to volunteer within the social economy businesses, the programme of activities funded through the businesses will provide equal opportunities for mental, physical and social stimulation in a more appropriate environment.
For further information please contact Una Cooper, Una@rapidni.com or Roisin Farren Roisin@rapidni.com