Care & Repair Secure £197k Silver Dreams Funding

Care & Repair have today been chosen to deliver a new service for older people in Manchester. Silverlinks will help people address the impact of life’s upheavals, such as the death of a partner or the onset of a disability by providing people with similar experiences to offer an impartial listening ear as well as practical advice. It will encourage people to think and plan ahead, to consider housing and care needs later in life.

Silverlinks is part of a national project funded by the Silver Dreams Fund, a major initiative by the Big Lottery Fund in association with the Daily Mail. The successful bid for £197,352 was developed by national charity Care & Repair England and will be piloted in Bristol and Leeds as well as Manchester. In Manchester, Care & Repair will use its experience of the Take Up Champions programme to work with local older volunteers who will support their peers to consider practical ways to improve their housing situation by repairs, adaptations or a move.

Maggie Walker CEO of Manchester Care & Repair said, “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to include older volunteers in our work helping older people who need housing help. Many older people who Care & Repair has helped with repairs, adaptations or moving home want to give something back. Through the Silverlinks project they will get the chance to learn about the different options open to older people and pass that information on to their peers.”

Mrs A. Dean is one resident happy to pass on her experiences of having adaptations made to her home. She found that “assistance takes away the worries and the difficulties experienced when attempting to commission work on your own. I could rest assured that my new bathroom would meet my needs and was completed satisfactorily and in line with all the regulations. I would recommend anybody who needs to make similar changes to approach an organisation like Care & Repair for professional advice”.

Sue Adams CEO of Care & Repair England said, “This award is fantastic news. The right home is critical to keeping your independence in later life, and older people tell us they really value talking to someone who is totally impartial and knowledgeable about possible housing options. The project will link older people who have already gone through life changing housing situations with those facing the same dilemmas.”

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