T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey Programme: Upcoming Events

The Over 50s Youth Club, Horncastle meets every Wednesday 2pm – 4pm at Horncastle Youth Centre, Cagthorpe, Horncastle. Please join them for activities, guest speakers, crafts, coffee, cake and conversation for only £1.00, including unlimited refreshments and an entry in the raffle. Louth Friendship Group are held at the Crispy Biscuit, Hortons Yard, Pawn Shop Passage, Louth. Join them for activities, outings and conversation. Refreshments are available to purchase. Monday 20 August 2018, 2pm to 4pm. Summer picnic at Spout Yard, Louth. (Please note in the event of adverse weather, please bring your picnic along to The Crispy Biscuit.) Monday 17 September 2018, 2pm to 4pm. Coffee, cake and conversation at The Crispy Biscuit Monday 22 October 2018, 2pm to 4pm. Community Lincs presentation – details to follow, at The Crispy Biscuit Monday 19 November 2018, 2pm to 4pm. Christmas Party (venue TBC) Monday 17 December 2018, 2pm to 4pm. Tea/ coffee and mince pies at The Crispy Biscuit Tea with T.E.D. Friendship Groups are informal get- togethers for coffee, cake and conversation to meet new people and find out what’s on in your local area Every Tuesday, 1pm-3pm, The Storehouse, North Parade, Skegness, PE25 1BY (£1.50 unlimited tea/coffee & cake) 1st Thursday every month 1pm-3pm, The Coastal Centre, Victoria Street, Mablethorpe, LN12 2AQ 2nd Monday of every month 10am-12pm, Louth Library, Northgate, Louth, LN11 0LY 3rd Tuesday of every month1pm to 3pm, Elizabeth Court Church Street, Louth, LN11 9BP Sutton on Sea Library and Community Hub, Broadway, Sutton on Sea, LN12 2JN Thursday 16 August 10am to 12 noon (Smart Meter Advice) Thursday 20 September 10am to 12 noon Louth Library Monday 10 September 10am to 12 noon Elizabeth Court, Louth Tuesday 21 August 2018 1pm to 3pm Tuesday 18 September 2018 1pm to 3pm The Coastal Centre, Mablethorpe Thursday 2nd August 1pm to 3pm Thursday 6 September 1pm to 3pm Please note, on very rare occasions it is sometimes necessary to postpone or cancel an event, or they have to be held on a different day. Please check before you travel. To find out more about the T.E.D. Ageing Better in East Lindsey Programme please contact them on 01529 301966 or email ted@communitylincs.com or visit their website at www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk

Age friendly Business Update

The Age-friendly Business Award scheme rewards local businesses going above and beyond for older customers and who foster a positive view of ageing. The award is open to businesses and services in East Lindsey operational for at least 6 months and who meet set criteria in the following categories: Accessibility Customer Comfort Marketing and Communications Staff Training and Attitude Local businesses are important to older people, which is why we are working with businesses to raise awareness and encourage use of Age-friendly Businesses. Likewise older people make up a significant proportion of the population and are an important part of our economy – 26% of East Lindsey residents being over age 65. Age-friendly Business status also speaks volumes when attracting customers visiting the area. A report by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP revealed that the highest proportion of visitors were age 55 – 64 years. The award process includes an assessment conducted via discussion with the business manager/owner and a mystery shop to validate the assessment findings. Businesses achieving Age-friendly status receive an award and window sticker to help customer’s identify them as Age-friendly and advertising on the T.E.D. website with direct links to the businesses own website. T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk. The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region www.communitylincs.com Presentations have been made this month include: Lincolnshire Co-operative Roman Bank Skegness B&G Solicitors Louth The Crispy Biscuit Louth Wilkin Chapman Solicitors Alford Crofts Estate Agents Louth Hodgkinsons Solicitors Skegness Barclays Bank PLC Skegness Rachels Café Hagworthingham SO Festival 2018 Nationwide Building Society Skegness Lovelle Estate Agency Alford “This is a great opportunity to demonstraste businesses that consider older people in their business approaches. The T.E.D. Age-friendly Business award is proof that these businesses are thinking about older people in their business approach” said Guy Dewsbury the T.E.D. Programme Manager.

2018 SO Festival

THE 2018 SO Festival, with over 60 spectacular events over three days, has once again received an official Age-friendly award. Spectacular Italian vertical acrobats, superb French fire and dance artists and the smallest circus in the world are just some of the fantastic acts at the three-day event. One of the largest family-friendly outdoor arts and cultural events of its kind in the UK is returning to Mablethorpe and Skegness this summer for an extravaganza of European and home-grown culture – and it is all completely free. Brought to you once again by the Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture, the three days start in Mablethorpe on Friday, August 31 before switching over to Skegness on Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2. The ethos of the event has always been family-friendly and inclusive – and organisers are therefore delighted by the official recognition it has received from T.E.D. The Festival’s status as an Age-friendly business means it has successfully achieved a set of standards that include age-friendly customer service, consumer comfort, clear marketing and communications and accessibility. “T.E.D.is thrilled to welcome SO Festival as an Age-friendly business,” said Guy Dewsbury, T.E.D. Programme Manager. “It underlines the Festival’s commitment to the community and visitors.” Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture is partnered by Arts Council England, East Lindsey District Council, Passage Festival, Helsingor Teater, Without Walls Associate Touring Network, Coasters Touring Network and Lincs FM to stage the festival. Magna Vitae’s Cultural Project Co-ordinator Katie-Louise Green said: ”There is real excitement around what we are planning. Our focus on the coast means we can concentrate on creating something that is going to be truly spectacular and is for the whole of the area as well as visitors. The T.E.D. award is particularly pleasing, as we pride ourselves on creating something that all the family can enjoy.” Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Steve Kirk, said: “It’s great to see SO Festival returning once again this year. It’s always a fantastically attended event and I’m sure that will continue, as the festival is hugely popular with residents and visitors. The performers and acts that take part always bring something unique and I look forward to seeing them.” For full details on the acts and timings please see www.sofestival.org T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk. The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region www.communitylincs.com

A Thank You to all those who attended the ‘Banter Bench’ launch at Hildreds Shopping Centre.

We would like to thank the Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness for supporting T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey to introduce our new ‘Banter Bench’ campaign, designed to tackle the ever increasing issue of loneliness and isolation experienced by the older community. A special thanks goes to Steve Andrews, as the Hildreds Centre Manager, who has been a strong champion of T.E.D. and of the Age-friendly Business Award, which works towards making East Lindsey a more age friendly area. The concept of a ‘Banter Bench’ was devised by Elaine Croker, T.E.D.’s Age Friendly Business Co-ordinator, and Steve and on the day was manned by volunteer and staff ‘Banter Buddies’ whose role was simply to have a chat with older people visiting the Centre. The contributory support of our T.E.D volunteers made the day a huge success. Throughout the day our T.E.D. volunteers spent time on the Banter Bench, talking to members of the public and sharing information about social opportunities, activities and events taking place in the town. Amy Thomas, Head of Operations for Community Lincs said, “The Banter Bench is a fantastic new initiative and gives us an opportunity to share information about opportunities in their local community.  The support of the Hildreds Centre and of our amazing team of T.E.D. Volunteers has been invaluable and we look forward to welcoming many new over 50s from Skegness and surrounding areas to our events in the future” To see more information from the Hildreds Banter Bench launch visit https://twitter.com/ted_EastLindsey For more information on the Hildreds Shopping Centre call 01754 764899 or visit www.hildredsshoppingcentre.co.uk   T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey is part of the National Lottery funded Ageing Better programme set up by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK. Ageing Better aims to develop creative ways for older people to be actively involved in their local communities, helping to combat social isolation and loneliness. It is one of five major programmes set up by the Big Lottery Fund to test and learn from new approaches to designing services which aim to make people’s lives healthier and happier. www.tedineastlindsey.co.uk. The T.E.D. programme is managed by Community Lincs a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region www.communitylincs.com  

Come and say hello at the Hildreds Banter Bench!

The Hildreds Shopping Centre in Skegness is taking an innovative and proactive approach to tackle the ever increasing issue of loneliness and isolation experienced by the older community by unveiling their Banter Bench on Tuesday 26th June. Centre manager, Steve Andrews, is a constant champion of the local community and is working closely with T.E.D. – Ageing Better in East Lindsey to tackle the issue. The ‘Banter Bench’ in the Hildreds Centre, will be manned with ‘Banter Buddies’ who will be on hand to have a chat with anyone who is stopping by. “T.E.D., Ageing Better in East Lindsey, is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Hildreds.”, “Many local people may feel isolated or be experiencing loneliness and the Banter Bench will, hopefully, allow them to make new connections and find out what is on offer in their area. Being able to work with prominent local businesses, like Hildreds, on this innovative approach will help T.E.D. to offer support to as many people as it possibly can.” said Guy Dewsbury, T.E.D.’s Programme Manager. The ‘Banter Bench’ will be located in the mall. At selected times throughout the day, a ‘Banter Buddy’ will sit on it, with a badge identifying them as someone who is available for a chat about anything. All of the ‘Banter Buddies’ are DBS checked and will be, of course, good listeners. The ‘Banter Buddies’ will be able to offer advice and suggestions on clubs, societies, activities and events in the town that may be of interest to someone who would like more opportunities to socialise. For more information on the Hildreds Shopping Centre call 01754 764899 or visit www.hildredsshoppingcentre.co.uk  

Spotlight on Ageing Event was a Hit!

The recent Age UK Lindsey and Talk, Eat, Drink (T.E.D.) in East Lindsey event, ‘Spotlight on Ageing’ in Horncastle was very successful. The aim of the event was to showcase opportunities and helpful organisations that support older people in Horncastle. The event was attended by a variety of different organisations and members of the public, seeking information about the opportunities available to them. Brian Burbridge, Mayor and Chair of Horncastle Town Council said, “The event was very successful with lots of excellent information to be had from a range of organisations and I look forward to the next event.” This was also an opportunity for the organisations to network and make connections that may lead to collaboration in the future. Nicola Stanton, Programme Development Officer at SoundLINCS said, “The T.E.D. and Age UK Lindsey event in Horncastle was a fantastic way to meet people who are involved in the many services in the area. It was a great networking opportunity as well as a forum for meeting with potential clients and participants. Lovely cake and coffee too!” Jennie Wilson from Age UK Lindsey said, “A lot of people aren’t aware of what is available – whether you are looking to join in something or interested in volunteering. This is a great opportunity to bring everything to the people of Horncastle.” Guy Dewsbury, Programme Manager for T.E.D. said “It was so encouraging to see many different organisations gather under one roof. T.E.D. were really happy to partner with Age UK Lindsey in organising such a successful venture. It is really exciting that there are so many people who can help and provide assistance to older people in Horncastle. I look forward to many more events like this in the future.” For more information about T.E.D. and how you can get involved, please contact ted@communitylincs.com or call 01529 301966

T.E.D. and Age UK Lindsey Turn the Spotlight on Ageing

Talk, Eat, Drink (T.E.D.) in East Lindsey and Age UK Lindsey have combined forces to host an event called ‘Spotlight on Ageing’; an opportunity to showcase organisations that support older people in Horncastle. The event will take place on Wednesday 21st March, 10am-12pm at Stanhope Hall, Horncastle. Jules Arthur, T.E.D. Network Development Co-ordinator, said “The Spotlight on Ageing event is focused on the positive aspects of ageing and gives the Horncastle community the opportunity to find out more about what services and activities are available to the over 50’s. It also gives us an opportunity to find out what people would like to see in their community.” The event will also be welcoming Brian Burbridge, Mayor and Chair of Horncastle Town Council who will be attending with the Mayor’s Consort. A number of organisations that aim to support older people will be in attendance, showcasing a variety of activities, opportunities and groups for older people to get involved in. Organisations include: T.E.D. will be showcasing their volunteer opportunities, membership and events and their Age Friendly Business Scheme. SoundLincs will be promoting their new programme New Tricks, an exciting and inclusive programme to establish and sustain music-making groups across the county. Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS) will also be showcasing the volunteering opportunities they have available, enabling older people to utilise the skills they gained in their work lives, in a friendly, positive environment. Age UK Lindsey will be promoting the T.E.D. Befriending and Friendship Hub, which acts as a one stop shop to access befriending support and signposting to social activities available in East Lindsey. Sue White, Age UK Lindsey Service Manager, says: “This service offers an amazing opportunity to offer support to those needing someone to talk to. “As a result of this we have already recruited two new lead Befrienders who will help to support volunteers and undertake the assessments for the T.E.D Hub, as well as link to other service providers and GP practices.”

Hildreds Shopping Centre sees its First Age Friendly Business

Quirks Optical, trading as Boots Opticians is the first store in Hildreds Shopping Centre to receive a T.E.D. Age Friendly Business Award. The Age-Friendly Business Award gives recognition to local businesses that provide an excellent service and environment for older customers. The award is recognised by customers, who feel they can shop confidently in these businesses. Quirk Optical were commended in their assessment for their wonderful staff who were quoted as being sensitive to customers’ need for time and giving clear choices and prices. They also stated that the business was accessible to all and comfortable to be in. Lynda Clarke, T.E.D. Volunteering Co-ordinator said, “This is the first store in Hildreds to receive the Age-Friendly Business Award. We hope to work with Steve Andrews closely to ensure every store in the centre holds Age Friendly Status and make Hildred’s the first Age-Friendly Centre!” Louise said: “The T.E.D. project encompasses everything we stand for here as 90 percent of our customers are that age. “It’s about promoting customer confidence by making it easy to get around if you are in a wheelchair or mobility scooter and making sure the signage is easily visible. We are delighted to support the project and receive recognition for what we do.” The award has also been welcomed by Hildreds. Manager Steve said: “We try to do as much as we can for the community and we hope other shops in the town will support this.”

Community Lincs welcomes the appointment of the Minister for Loneliness

Community Lincs welcomes the news that the Government has appointed a Minister for Loneliness. Tracey Crouch MP will be working across parties and communities to tackle the ever-growing issue of loneliness, which affects approximately nine million people across the UK.   The Commission on Loneliness was first set up by the late MP Jo Cox and the appointment of Tracy Crouch MP to this new ministerial role will continue Ms Cox’s legacy.  Ms Crouch has indicated that a multi-million pound fund will be utilised to help create a framework and develop a government strategy for the future.   “This is wonderful news, ”said Gail Jackson, CEO of Community Lincs “Community Lincs is working throughout the Lincolnshire region to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities. Part of our work is to combat rural isolation and loneliness; to have recognition of this issue and the commitment from the government to invest in combatting loneliness will make a real difference to the people we work with.”   Community Lincs is a charity, based in Sleaford, which works throughout Lincolnshire to make a positive difference to the lives of individuals and communities in the region. The charity is currently delivering several projects to minimise the effects of rural isolation and loneliness. The Talk Eat Drink (T.E.D.) project in East Lindsey is aimed at older people and encourages them to become more involved in social activities. T.E.D. hosts regular free events across the East Lindsey area for older people and welcomes anyone who would like to become involved tedineastlindsey.co.uk/events/   “T.E.D. is an absolute necessity for lonely and elderly people.” Says one T.E.D. Member “It’s probably the only outlet for many lonely, vulnerable people to keep them from becoming totally isolated.”   The Good Neighbours Scheme is another Community Lincs initiative. The schemes are run by local volunteers who provide support to other residents in their area who may need help with day-to-day tasks. Aimed at older people, this support, provided by the good neighbours, can enable them to live independently in their own homes and communities for longer and reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Dates for Your Diary

A selection of the events and clubs that are happening in East Lindsey over the next few weeks: The Beach Hut Festival 2017: Saturday 22 July, 10am to Sunday 23 July 5pm. The Beach Hut Festival returns for 2017 to the promenade at Sutton on Sea, even bigger and even better than last year with a large array of stalls and huts selling allsorts of interesting things, great quality music & entertainment from The Music Box and popular favourites like the March of the Pirates and Mermaids and a Punch & Judy show…. A great weekend for all the family & it is FREE! (Dogs are welcome too on the prom with access to dog friendly areas of the beach only a short walk away). Red Hat Society: 1st Wednesday of the month, 5.30pm at Samantha’s Coffee and Gift Shop, Sutton on Sea.  The Red Hat Ladies are aged 50 and over and their ‘hattitude’ is Live, Laugh and Love and grow old disgracefully.  Please contact Janet Edson on 01507 440175 o email: Jedson49@hotmail.com if you would like to attend this group. Alford Summer Tuesday Craft Market: 18th July; 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd August. Market Place, Alford, Lincs., LN13 9EB.  The craft stalls compliment the outdoor traditional Tuesday market where there is an auction, a fish stall, vegetables stalls and other stalls. Indoors in the Corn Exchange you will be able to meet the craft makers and enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee and homemade cake.  Free entry. Civil War Weekend: Saturday 5th – Sunday 6th August.  Tattershall Castle.  Telephone:01526 342543.  Email: tattershallcastle@nationaltrust.org.uk . Experience what happened in August 1643 when the Royalists attacked the Castle.  Immerse yourself in seventeenth century life with weapons drills, a living history encampment and a battle re-enactment both days. Sutton on Sea Horticultural Society Annual Open Show: Sunday 23rd July. Sutton on Sea Horticultural Society invite you to enter their 76th Show at the Meridale Centre from 1p.m. It’s open to the public from 1 p.m. and admission is just £1.00! With under 12s FREE. Categories include flowers, floral art, cookery, handicrafts and vegetables, and there are novice and children’s classes. Schedules are available from Watson Home Hardware on the High Street in Sutton. St Barnabas Hospice Day Therapy: Friday 4th August, 10am to 2pm.  St Barnabas hold a Day Therapy Session in the Marsico Practice, Stanley Avenue, Mablethorpe, LN12 1DP. Upstairs in the Training Room every Friday. Pop in for a chat and a drink or for more information ring 01507 351524. East Coast Nitro (Remote Control Car) Group: Sunday 6th August at 10am.  The East Coast Nitro Club, for all Remote Control car enthusiasts, meets every Sunday at 10.00 a.m. at Theddlethorpe Village Hall, Mablethorpe Road, Theddlethorpe, LN12 1NQ.  For more information please contact Luke on 07413 514996

Coffee Mornings At The Doctors

In April 2016 T.E.D. Co-ordinator Tracy Parr, met with Ian Blakey, the Practice Manager of the Marisco Medical Practice, to discuss social prescribing. Social prescribing recognises that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environment factors and so seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health. Following the meeting the T.E.D. Coffee Mornings were launched as a monthly session where patients could enjoy a free cup of coffee and get local information about services, groups and support. Patients were given a warm welcome from local T.E.D. Volunteer, Sylvia, who helps to run the sessions. The Coffee Mornings started in June and proved to be very popular with patients. Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, the T.E.D. Coffee mornings are focussed on improving mental health and physical well-being. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care. T.E.D. has been able to hand over the running of the Coffee Mornings to the Marisco Patients’ Group. The sessions are now held weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9.00 a.m. till 1.00 p.m. Sylvia continues to volunteer at the coffee mornings and has joined the Marisco Patient Group. Tea, coffee, juice and biscuits can be purchased at the coffee bar and prices are all 50p or less. The Co-op donates free fruit to the group which is also available at the sessions. For more information, please contact Tracy Parr on 07495 008732

Comic Relief Care Home Challenge Fund Opens

Round Two of Comic Relief’s Care Home Challenge Fund has recently been announced. The Fund is open for applications from 3rd July 2017 to 4th August 2017 (midday). It is seeking applications from care home providers across the UK, to deliver activities to improve the wellbeing of residents, and help staff and residents forge stronger relationships. It is expected that 20 grants awarding between £10,000-£20,000 will be made. Grants will last for between 18-24 months including time for planning, partnership building and delivery. Each grant will reach a maximum of 4-5 care homes, focusing on quality of delivery led by residents and care home staff rather than volume of people. This initiative sits under Comic Relief’s ‘Health and Wellbeing’ programme area, so they are interested in accepting applications which encourage physical or mental activity, movement and increased mobility, social connections and engagement for residents. This may involve sporting activities such as martial arts or dance, but could also include other forms of gentle leisure/recreational activities such as gardening. Mentally stimulating work may include reminiscence and arts based activities, singing, reading groups etc. More information and details of eligibility and how to apply are available through the Comic Relief website www.comicrelief.com