Cotman Housing Association, part of Places for People, has partnered with Age UK to launch a new project aimed at supporting carers of people with dementia in Norwich.

‘All About You’ is a new three year partnership which supports carers of people living with dementia to take part in sporting or physical activities they used to enjoy prior to having carer responsibilities.

The project will provide a varied programme of activities which both carers and the person being cared for can participate in together, as well as independently of each other. Dementia cafes and other forms of support will also be available.

Improved wellbeing

Shona Heazle, project co-ordinator at Cotman Housing Association, said “Carers of people with dementia often require support to stay active, many placing their own needs behind the needs of the person they care for. They may be reluctant to leave their loved one, even for a short period, knowing they will become distressed by unfamiliar faces and situations”.

The initiative is one of three successful bids awarded to Cotman Housing Association by Sport England to help people stay active when their life circumstances change.

Reducing social isolation

Building on the success of the first project ‘Still On The Go’ which helps older people to get active, the housing association also recently launched ‘Make Your Move’. This project aims to reduce the number of people who drop out from physical activities as a result of moving house, particularly social housing. Customers will be helped to find low-cost and free activities in their local area and put in touch with like-minded people in their new community.

It will be delivered in Norfolk initially to all social housing residents - not just Cotman customers - and rolled out in Suffolk and Essex over the next four years.

Jane Warnes, Managing Director of Cotman Housing Association, said: “Being active is vital in helping people to maintain their health and wellbeing, and reduce social isolation. Our projects will build on our successful track record of supporting individuals and communities, and will lead to improved wellbeing.” 

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