My name is Emily and I work for Participle, a company which designs practical solutions to new social issues and that is working with the DWP and Southwark Council to design new public services for older people in the London Borough.
We have some initial ideas but would like to speak to people living in the area who fall into one of the following
1. People who have low level needs and who are paying for services themselves ie. handyman services or cleaning services.
2. People receiving direct payment from the council.
3. Active people in their 70s.
4. Adult children looking after their parents.
5. People over 50+ looking after others who are also over 50.
6. People who have recently been discharged from hospital.
If you fit into any one or more of those categories, then we'd like to speak to you to get some feedback on our ideas and also to find out what practical help you need yourself and what help the person you are caring for needs. If you fit our criteria and we use you in our project, you will be paid for your time.
How old and how low do you have to be to be included in this bracket? I'm pretty old. Actually this very morning someone who has been sub contracted by Southwark to "check out the housing stock in Southwark" is coming to visit ME. Now I'm not opposed to anyone coming to visit me, but all in all my flat is absolutely NOT a typical example of housing in Southwark, and indeed anywhere else. It's a quirky, unusual flat in a funny place with upsides and downsides. However will be interested to know how he will view the very steep stairs which I have been fighting our landlords about to demand a stair lift to allow my parents to come and visit. That's the only reason I'm curous to have him around. But to the point: why is Southwark sub contracting this survey and who and what is paying for it.
Actually Jan the problem is one of the tenants on our floor (we are only four flats) who "object" to my putting in a stair lift because it "will devalue their property". The reasoning behind this is completely baffling and one would have thought quite the contrary. One can only assume that it is because the landlords wont pay for it, and I said that I was ready to pay for it, and anyone who was ready to chip in could use it, otherwise not. Since these people dont want to stump up any money they have decided that I cant put a chair in - at my expense. Spite and churlishness are to be found in many places I fear. MEANTIME the chap on behalf of Southwark was here. He really was only interested in how the house was heated as far as I can see. Why employ someone to do this survey? Southwark's (and our) money being used to no good purpose in my view.
Jackie, I am astonished at peoples spitefulness, your not talking about structural damage/painting the walls hotpick. It's not a permanent fixture and when circustances dictate could be removed.
I've changed my mind then Jackie, your fellow tenants are mealey mouthed poo bags.
and the bloke from Southwark council has probably come up to check the health and safety aspect of your fabulous do's that he's read about! and look at the vew...