How we help Where we work Where we work Our Balanced Lives programmes run in a variety of areas in England and Wales, here's a selection of them York - Our Newest Programme! Diverse Opportunities Our latest programme began in York at the end of last year and has gone from strength to strength. After two years research and development we obtained funding from the Big Lottery to launch the programme. Weekly community programmes are now taking place in an area with a high population of older persons. The programmes have engaged with a diversity of professional partners to deliver a step down service of added value and add depth to the long-term strategy of older people's services in York. Hereford Catering for Rural Needs Running in a rural suburb of the city of Hereford, this is one of the first programmes that Action For Elders set up back in 2011. It has run consistently on a weekly basis and has gone from strength to strength. It’s been hugely successful both in improving mobility and tackling the problem of social isolation of older people in the community. Plans are afoot to develop the programme throughout Herefordshire as funding allows. Sheffield Addressing Grief and Depression We have been running programmes in England's fourth largest city since we became a partner of the SISA Department at Sheffield University in 2004. We are currently testing a model which is running in designated Care Homes within the city. It focuses on grief in care homes: with a goal of addressing depression and despair in later life. Initially funded by Comic Relief: this project deals with many complex issues; including changing attitudes to ageing and elder people. It has huge potential. Barry Extra Care Housing Our first programme to be delivered in an Extra Care Housing complex is assisted by volunteers from the offices of Insurance giant Legal and General. Soon to enter its third year; it is a hugely successful programme, both for the beneficiaries and the complex itself. Swansea Encouraging self-sufficiency This group, running weekly in the community since 2011 has become so successful that it is largely self-sufficient, with a committee of older people themselves guiding its development and progress under our leadership. It has consistently delivered on health improvement; leading to less visits to GP surgeries, a reduction in prescriptive medicine and many other contributory factors associated with general well being in later life.