Ageless Thanet (delivered by Social Enterprise Kent) recently enjoyed a 2-day trip to the Island which incorporated visits to the Olderpreneurs project, Age Friendly Island Town and Parish Council project and Care Navigator project, amongst others.
A highlight for the visitors was their attendance at the Community Navigator’s ‘Pitch Up’ at Brading Roman Villa, where the team were able to join the 32 regular members from around the island, chat to them about their experiences, take part in the quiz and enjoy tea and bacon butties! 2 volunteer dogs, Pip and Benji also came along for the ride.
This was the first visit from another Ageing Better Programme to the Island and was designed to help both teams to share information and ideas, as well as exploring what is working well in both locations to support older residents.
James Kirby, Ageless Thanet Programme Manager commented:
“The team from Thanet were overwhelmed by the incredible work Age Friendly Island are doing in reducing isolation and loneliness in older people, and making the Isle of Wight truly Age Friendly.
“We’ve gone back to Thanet with our heads full of ideas on ways we can further the work we are doing in helping older people lead more fulfilling later lives, and we thank our colleagues and friends on the Isle of Wight for such a fantastic and inspiring visit”.
‘Pitch Up’ at Brading Roman Villa is a free event which takes place on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, run by Judith Stratton (Community Navigator), and offers an opportunity for a get together with quiz and refreshments.
Megan Jones, Isle of Wight’s Ageing Better Programme Manager stated:
“We were delighted to welcome our colleagues from Thanet and to show them first hand the work that we are doing on the island to support people over the age of 50. They were able to participate directly in our Age Friendly Training as well as visiting a number of projects across the island.
“In addition, we were able to ask them about their services, and how we might use the lessons they have learnt to benefit us here. They enjoyed their visit so much that several of them have booked to return to our beautiful island with their families for a holiday, and to see what else the island has to offer them as tourists!”