Living Well service launches in Weston to support older residents

Southampton Living Well has officially launched its newest location, based at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Weston

Living Well Service

Southampton Living Well has officially launched its newest location, based at Chamberlayne Leisure Centre, Weston.

Commissioned by Southampton City Council, Social Care in Action (SCiA), a local charity working to support people to live independent lives across the south of England, has joined forces with Age UK Southampton to develop and run the new Living Well service based at the Active Nation Chamberlayne Leisure Centre on Weston Lane, Southampton.

The service offers a range of activities and exercise options at the centre and in neighbourhoods across the city, to support older people to maintain their health and independence. This includes music and sensory sessions, and exercise for all abilities including those with mobility problems or trampolining for the more adventurous. Access to activities are open to all.

The Southampton Living Well service launched in April 2018 as a new offer for older people in Southampton, bringing together community organisations from across Southampton to offer innovative activity sessions during the day and evenings, with proven benefits to people living with conditions associated with old age, including dementia. The more holistic approach to supporting people in later life has the ultimate aim of increasing health and wellbeing and reducing loneliness and isolation.

At the Weston launch event Councillor Lorna Fielker, Cabinet member for Adult Care and Councillor David Shields Cabinet member for Healthier and Safer City met with many of the people who have benefitted from using the Southampton Living Well service for the past year, along with other local community groups and organisations that run sessions as part of the service.

Councillor Lorna Fielker said: “We know that the older population across the city is growing extensively, people are living for longer, with more complex health needs and less access to traditional models of family support and care. We know that by focusing on reducing loneliness, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and enjoying a range of social activities, people are able to stay living independently in their own homes and communities for longer. Which is what Southampton people tell us they want.”

For more information contact 023 8051 6021, email hello@southamptonlivingwell.org.uk or visit the Living Well website.