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Time to Connect

The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) and Timebanking UK (TBUK) have launched an exciting new partnership project to improve the lives of older people and people with learning disabilities who live in care. 

Time to Connect

This three year project has been inspired by clear messages from disabled and older people that they are faced with social isolation when receiving care and support because of a low priority given to ‘community’ and will involve working with selected care homes in Greater Manchester, Gloucestershire, Lambeth and Southwark.

The ground breaking project will use inclusion tools and ideas NDTi have developed and applied over several years and link this to local time banks, through a partnership with Timebanking UK (TBUK) to create a new sustainable model that enables people within formal care settings to be valued on an equal footing by continuing to give their knowledge and skills back into the local community.

The project will demonstrate how it is possible to improve peoples lives by changing the working practices and ‘mind-sets’ of the organisations and staff providing care and support. Outcomes will include people sustaining and developing new community connections and leading more fulfilling lives - with the learning about how to do this being shared nationally and widely influencing policy and practice in formal care settings.

The work will be evaluated using realist evaluation approach, which will provide ‘live’ learning throughout the project and is also a methodology that explains how and why change occurs and thus generates knowledge about how to replicate good outcomes as the initiative is scaled up to other locations. 

The project aims to deliver:

  • Up to 400 people receiving care and support who will have greater community connections driven by their own wishes and interest.
  • Up to 10 different care/support providers that deliver support to around 6,000 people who will have learnt and applied new techniques and changed organisational practice to deliver inclusion.
  • Up to 10 time banks who will be working with people living in formal care settings and around 200 community time bank members developed relationships with people in care settings.
  • National evidence on how community inclusion for people living in formal care settings is possible with this being in the public arena and influencing debate about delivering care and support for disabled and older people.

For more information contact Programme Lead, Madeline Cooper-Ueki [email protected] or for information about the evaluation contact Research Manager, Naomi Harflett [email protected]