The Truth

The pace of modern life is leaving many older people alone and isolated. With 14.7 million over 60’s in the UK and a projected 20 million by 2030, we are starting to see the beginnings of harsh reality to come.

  • Nearly 2.5 million older people live alone
  • Loneliness is as harmful to your health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
  • Over 65s spend an estimated 80% of their time in their homes
  • Half of all older people list the television a their main form of company
  • People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s than people less lonely.
  • 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are diagnosed with dementia.

We know many of the faces behind these statistics and it is why we’ve made it our mission to work against this truth.


Our Mission

  • We will create accessible, original and fun activities for older people

  • We will support care facilities to meet the requirements of the Care Quality Commission by; fulfilling targets for people to ‘be given opportunities, encouragement and support to […] live independently as possible”

  • We will reduce loneliness and improve emotional wellbeing of our beneficiaries

  • We will encourage more 18-30 year olds to volunteer with us and in care service

  • We will make elements of the outdoors accessible to all of the older people we work with


How?

Our work encourages conversation and friendship. These bonds provide us with:

  • The opportunity to connect with nature and others

  • Improved mental health through sense of purpose and achievement

  • Acquiring new skills and hobbies

  • Soothing sensory and reminiscence experiences

  • Gentle physical activity

 


Where plants and nature are present it is proven to reduced agitation, increased cognition, and improves quality of sleep in older people.
— International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 23, 2008
People who took part in more health and independence-maintaining behaviours were less likely to feel isolated.
— Age UK, August 2014
There is now clear evidence that contact with a green environment reduces stress, enhances mood and improves self-esteem.
— Thrive UK