What is the Hall Green Neighbourhood Network Scheme?
Studies show that loneliness and isolation can have a negative effect on a person’s health and wellbeing. These negative health effects can then increase the likelihood that older adults will need to access services such as Adult Social Care (Social Services) and the National Health Service (NHS).
The Hall Green Neighbourhood Network Scheme (NNS) is a project to help prevent older people aged 50 and over from needing to access social services or the NHS by connecting them to the right activities or services in their local communities at the right time to help them stay living at home, independently for as long as possible.
What are the aims of the Neighbourhood Network Scheme?
Our vision is to support citizens to lead healthy, happy and independent lives within their own homes and communities.
The project aims to link older citizens to local community assets on their door step. A community asset is an organisation, group or person who provides an activity that a citizen can participate in or a service they can receive that will help to improve their health and wellbeing. The project will also help to link social workers to community assets so that they will be able to connect citizens to them.
It is recognised that some areas and wards in Birmingham have more activities for citizens to participate in than others. Investment from Birmingham City Council through the NNS project means that funding will be made available across the Hall Green constituency to help develop new and existing assets and to sustain the ones that already exist.
Accord Housing Association
Accord is the lead organisation responsible for making the NNS vision for older citizens living in the Hall Green constituency a reality. The project has been funded by Birmingham City Council for 18 months.
It is vital that we engage with citizens who live in the constituency, community assets who provide activities for the over 50’s within Hall Green and the Hall Green Adult Social Care team to be involved in the planning and design of new community activities and services.