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Bron Afon Impact Report - September 2016-17


Impact report September 2016 to September 2017 New opportunities As well as continuing to support and develop our existing groups and forums we have also established some new opportunities for people to work with us and to hold us to account. Retirement Forum: 78 actively involved members 100% said the forum is informative, and 72% In 2017 they: felt listened to. Developed the Together Active exercise initiative which provided opportunities for older people to participate in a range of activities Worked with us to provide information on energy savings options to members on how to reduce energy consumption and maximise their income. Instigated the heat metering pilot which will lead the way for a wider project to improve energy efficiency. Ran the Never Too Old Project A project lead by older people for older people to deliver a range of opportunities and activities to help combat loneliness and improve health and wellbeing Committee of 11 members lead on the project and plan all the activities. 140 active members. Project members spoke at the Ageing Well in Wales conference. The project has been cited as best practice by the Older Persons Commissioner. When we asked them to describe what being part of the project meant to them they stated: ‘a feeling of belonging’… ‘being part of the community’… ’getting out of the house’... with many expressing the importance of companionship and meeting new people. Participants say the project helps them feel more socially included, more active and less lonely. Over a 1/3 have told us that they would be alone or doing nothing if they weren't attending this project. Page 12

Impact report September 2016 to September 2017 Youth Forum: 10 active members have been working on: Peer mentoring – working with other young people to increase their confidence Exploring and developing alternative housing solutions for young people Devised and piloted ‘Wake up to the Changes’ awareness campaign which helps young people to make informed choices about their housing options Equality and Diversity Reference Group : 7 Has had a variety of staff and worked in partnership to influence: members involved. They have The implementation of the Equality and Diversity (E&D) Strategy across the organisation The development of members and staff to become E&D champions. Bron Afon becoming a dementia friendly organisation Mutual Futures has been very well represented by members since its launch with: 117 115 77 members and staff attending in February 2017 members and staff attending in June 2017 members and staff attending in November 2017 This year our Mutual Futures sessions have focused on: Developing our corporate plan Helping us identify our priorities Shaping our approach to managing our finances to ensure a sustainable business future Page 13

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