Older People

This advice page talks about support for Older people.

Our services for the elderly operates exercise and activities at several centres spread throughout the city for vulnerable elderly Irish. We have a central elder's day centre, elders satellite activity sites, an elders social club.

Our 5 day a week activity centre provides an opportunity for Irish service users to access a hot meal, take part in stimulating activities, social interaction, information and advice and personal support.

Our satellite classes allow us to deliver locally to people in their community. Elders social club and community sites provide a stimulating and trusted environment for people to meet up and access services.

The front office provides a gateway to all services providing information on Irish pensions, passports, accessing events, culture & heritage, welfare benefits, housing support, health issues and re-settlement. Here we carry out initial assessments of the individuals needs before allocating them to a dedicated case worker for more in depth support or signposting.

Older people - Birmingham Irish

Social inclusion continues to be our largest project and one that sees a continual growth in demand. Our elderly Irish gatherings and community activities amount to almost 3,963 individuals benefiting throughout the year providing much needed meals and advice sessions to those in most need and often extremely vulnerable and isolated.

These services and activities enable the Irish community we work with to gain confidence and engage with other service users, develop friendships. Due to the ageing nature of our client group mental health issues such as dementia are becoming more prevalent. In response to this we will be launching a Dementia Café for clients and carers that will operate alongside the activity centre coupled with a telephone advice line. This will benefit the community by providing a customised centre for approx. 500 Irish clients throughout the year starting early in 2016.

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