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Neighbourhood watch groups could help with elderly care

Neighbourhood watch groups in England could provide companionship and practical help for pensioners living alone, under an idea being considered.

 Ministers say more collaboration is needed between the state and voluntary groups

Social care minister Norman Lamb said many older people were living “very lonely lives”, without family support.

While professional care remained vital, something extra was needed, he said.

The “principle of neighbourliness” could be extended to address the “extraordinary challenge” presented by an ageing society, he told the BBC.

There are 173,000 neighbourhood watch groups in England and Wales, a scheme which started in the 1980s to encourage local residents to report suspicious behaviour in their area and to help prevent burglaries.

The farm giving disabled people the chance to experience rural life

Medicine comes in many different forms

 Paula with Will Payne and volunteers and participants at High Mead Farm

Medicine comes in many different forms. Whittling wood, tending the land, caring for animals and feeling the sun on your skin can do wonders for physical and mental wellbeing.

Providing that therapy for many members of the community is High Mead Farm near Longham.

Since last autumn the four-acre plot has offered a supported work environment for people with learning and physical difficulties as well as youngsters who are out of work or who have been excluded from school.

Will Payne and Mark Gregory took over the land, which was in a run-down state, but with the help of local people it’s back on track to becoming a sustainable farm.

“We wanted to make it accessible to the whole community,” explained Will.

Bournville College seeks to increase employer participation in online training

July 11, 2013 | By | Reply


  • Care Quality Commission report calls for improvements across a number of areas
  • Bournville College looking at new ways to utilise technology to increase participation in training and skills development across the care sector
  • CPD certified Marshall ACM has designed a range of flexible e-learning modules to engage people working in the care sector and support their CPD

In response to the Care Quality Commission report, Bournville College is looking at ways to utilise learning technology to support necessary improvements in UK care. The technology includes online communication and a new partnership with e-learning experts, Marshall ACM.