The Aberdeenshire Signposting Project is funded by the Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership Integrated Care Fund and is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation- Scottish Charity Number: SC044694.
The project has 4 distinct strands of work throughout Aberdeenshire:
- The Signposting Service- Working with any one over the age of 16 who is experiencing or is at risk of developing mild to moderate health issues or reduced wellbeing due to circumstances in their lives for which they need help, advice or support. The project works to assist individuals in connecting with the appropriate sources of support in order to improve their longer term health and wellbeing.
- The Signposting Service for Older People- Working with people in Aberdeenshire over the age of 65 who are isolated, socially or geographically and who are experiencing or are at risk of developing mild to moderate health issues or reduced wellbeing due to circumstances in their lives for which they need more in-depth help advice and support. We assist clients in addressing the issues in their lives which are contributing to or exacerbating their loneliness and isolation and then seeking appropriate, specific, focussed help, advice and support for each individual issue. We act as bridge between the client and the organisations they need to access and help them overcome any barriers the may come up against in trying to get help.
- The Out and About Project- The Out and About Project provides a platform for isolated older people who have little or no social contact with others and who are lonely and in need of social contact to meet with other like-minded individuals with a view to forming natural friendships and encouraging participation in activities, events, groups and organisations in their communities and further afield.
- The Signposting Carers Information Project- The Carers Information Project is a pilot project funded until 31st March 2017. The project is piloting in 2 areas- Buchan and Garioch and aims to increase the number of carers identified at early stages to ensure that they are signposted to the appropriate community supports, organisations and agencies best placed to support them in their carer role. The project also works to connect with ‘hidden’ carers who have not identified themselves as such and who therefore receive little or no ongoing support.
Objectives and Outcomes
Our key objectives are:
- To promote the welfare of the individual;
- To respect the rights of individuals- rights of personal freedom, choice in daily living, dignity and self-respect, independence, privacy and confidentiality, protection from risk of harm, exploitation and violence, and the excercise of free will;
- To assist with any disability or illness which individuals may have, in a manner which reflects the above two statements;
- To enable individuals to be in charge of their own lives and make their own decisions including decisions to take risks;
- To involve individuals, carers and relatives where appropriate in decision-making which concerns them;
- To assess and respond to the changing needs of individuals;
- To take into account the social, cultural and religious context of individuals’ circumstances when making decisions with them;
- To use individuals’ own network of support as much as possible.
Our key outcomes are:
- An improvement in the mental health and wellbeing of individuals referred to the project;
- An increase in the level of social contact and support amongst individuals who were feeling isolated or marginalised;
- A reduction in the number and frequency of G.P appointments sought by individuals, reducing the reliance upon regular medical input and medication;
- Individuals are assisted and encouraged to become more self-reliant and empowered to deal with future issues;
- An increase in the utilisation of locally available leisure and educational facilities and other activities;
- An increase in the number of individuals engaging within their local communities and building fulfilling relationships;
- Older people are assisted to remain independent and live at home for longer.
‘…every area needs a Signposter to help people explore possibilities and possible choices in the way forward’.
INVEURIE January 2016
The project is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees with a wide range of experience.
We are staffed by a team of dedicated and committed Project Workers, an Office Manager and Chief Officer, all of whom have extensive experience of working in the third sector.
We also have a team of invaluable volunteers who assist with our Out and About Groups and with IT and administrative support.