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Health and Wellbeing > Living Independently at Home


Housing Choices

An outline of the housing choices available to older people, including basic information and explanations on how to find the sort of housing that might better suit your needs.

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Jigsaw Support Scheme - Befriending Scheme

Isolation and loneliness affects many older people in Mansfield and Ashfield. Our befriending service matches volunteers to those in need to provide company and friendship.

The service is open to anyone over 60 years of age living alone with little or no family contact within the Mansfield and Ashfield areas. A volunteer visits weekly for an hour to have a cup of tea and a chat.

Jigsaw Group Befriending are informal pub lunches hosted by a volunteer at various locations around Mansfield and Ashfield.A comfortable and relaxed meeting place to sit and chat, make new friends and enjoy a meal together.

Please contact us if you would like to refer someone to Jigsaw?s befriending scheme or need more information on the above or would like to volunteer.

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Jigsaw Self Directed Support Scheme - Independence Project

Can offer social activities, help to maintain the home, practical life skills, accompany to appointments, help with budgeting and accessing the community, shopping and cleaning.

If this list doesn't include what you are looking for please ring and we can discuss your requirements.

Cost £13.20 per hour minimum of 1 hour for level one support and £16 per hour minimum of 1 hour for level 2 support.  Support can be accessed through a direct payment or self funding.

For more information contact Diane.

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Friends of the Elderly

Our vision is that all older people should retain their independence, dignity and peace of mind. We offer high quality residential and nursing care in 14 care homes, some with dementia units.

We support older people to stay living in their own homes with a range of community services including welfare and grant giving for those in financial need, day clubs, home support, home visiting and telebefriending.

We are passionate about supporting and enhancing quality of life for older people. Whatever their situation, each individual deserves something to look forward to, and the opportunity to live life to the full.

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First Contact Signposting Scheme

One simple checklist helping people aged 60 and over to stay safe and independent in their own homes.

It saves people contacting lots of different organisations (e.g. Fire Service, Pension Service, Crime Reduction) to find out what they offer – the services come to you!

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Hearing Direct

We are online providers of aids for the deaf and hard of hearing and many of our customers are the elderly and their carers. In addition to aids for the hearing impaired, we also offer plenty of information on our site which you will find helpful.

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East Bridgford Care Group

We are a volunteer group of people willing to be good neighbours in various ways in the East Bridgford area and surrounding villages.

We offer help with transport (mainly for medical reasons when alternative help is not available), collecting pensions or prescriptions, befriending and providing respite help to carers who may need a break from time to time.

East Bridgford Care can arrange transport for residents of East Bridgford and Kneeton and the few surrounding villages for medical reasons (e.g. to the surgery, dentist, chiropodists, opticians or hospital appointments, etc.) where such help is not already provided by ambulance or hospital taxi and where other forms of transport are not available or possible.

Transport can also be provided for people wishing to visit friends or relatives in hospital or nursing homes. The volunteer driver charges at 30p per mile, but there are fixed charges for some journeys:

East Bridgford to QMC or City Hospital £6.50 return;
Newark Hospital £6.00 return;
Flintham, Aslockton or Whatton £2.50 return;
There is no fixed charge for local journeys within East Bridgford, Newton and Kneeton.

Please try to give at least 24 hours notice for transport. All volunteers carry an identity card with a photograph which you should always ask to see.

For more information on all services or to book transport please contact the co-ordinator, Mrs Alison Powell, on 07976 935476.

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Kingsway Community Project

There are two support days for 50+ and these offer staff and volunteer supported sessions on a Monday and Thursday. The days run from 11am to 1.30 and cost £3.70 per day which includes a meal.

Each Wednesday morning there is an over 50s movement to music session. Because of the popularity of these sessions there is currently a waiting list.

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WRVS - Nottinghamshire Books-on-Wheels Scheme

Home library services can help if someone can't visit their local library in person: a friendly volunteer will bring a selection of books, videos, DVDs, CDs and audio tapes to older people in their home. The service provides friendly social contact and a regular check that they are safe and well.

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Central Nottinghamshire Association for Mental Health

We support people with mental health difficulties in their own homes and communities.

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Radcliffe Home Help Services

Our services aim to provide an alternative solution to residential care, providing a range of services to enable service users to remain in their own home. Services include shopping, domestic help, preparing meals, and sitting service – Holiday cover.

We offer 24 hour care and also cover short notice periods. Our services are covered by our staff providing personal home visits at agreed times to suit you, either on a daily/weekly or monthly basis. We can do from 30 minutes to 1 or more hours. We also provide a sleep-in or waking night service.

Respite is also available to family members or other carers looking for a break, or you may have been recently discharged from hospital and looking for some part-time help around the house.

For more information, please contact Donna Bailey on 0115 9335433 or 07824 771555

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Radford Care Group

We don't stop playing because we grow old ? we grow old because we stop playing!

Radford Care Group is a purpose built centre and registered charity that offers daytime activities for older people in Nottingham, with extended facilities for the more frail elderly, to support older people and help them to remain independent and in their own homes. Transport is available for those in the NG7/NG8 area.

We are open 5 days per week and organise activities such as arts and crafts, movement to music, quizzes, outings and getting together with others from the local area. We also offer services such as refreshments, a hot lunch, our own on-site hair salon, a small shop, regular visits from a local chiropodist, an aromatherapy massage service 3 days per week, bathing facilities and internet training.

The day care we provide is for those who are more frail and may have dementia, Alzheimer's or need help through a physical disability. This service is open 4 days per week, Tuesday to Friday, and offers all the services listed above and is also a valuable source of respite to carers. We accept referrals through adult services (formally social services), or privately. This service is run by professional carers.

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Buy Back Time

Buy Back Time offers clients the opportunity to gain back the valuable free time required to do the things they enjoy.

We all lead increasing busy life's now and trying to juggle work, family commitments, household chores, errand running etc leaves little or no time to do the things in life we actually enjoy doing.

Buy Back Time is here to help make your life as stress free as possible.

Whether you require a regular cleaning service or a one off errand that needs running, arranging a plumber or shopping for yourself or elderly relatives our services can be adapted to your specific requirements.

We offer exceptional Customer Service all tailored to suit each clients individual needs, with the added personal touch lacking from so many businesses today.

There are no registration or membership fees to pay with Buy Back Time and you have the peace of mind that there will be NO hard selling - just simply use us as and when it suits you, plus we have full public and employee liability insurance. We aim to make contacting Buy Back Time both pleasurable and painless.

Have a look at the services we offer - you will be surprised at the number of things we can help you with.

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Age UK - Adapting Your Home

Simple adaptations could enable you to stay in your own home for longer.

It's not just stairlifts and walk-in baths - adaptations like lower work surfaces, intercoms, changes to the lighting and hands-free toilets could change your life.

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Age UK - Advice

Age UK's advice line.

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Age UK - Aids for the Home

To be truly happy at home it is important to feel safe and comfortable. We have various suggestions that could help make your life at home easier.

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Age UK - Home Repairs

Local authorities have general powers to improve living conditions in their area in the ways they consider the most appropriate.

The factsheet Funding repairs, improvements and adaptations explains what assistance may be available to homeowners and tenants to help them meet the costs of repairs, improvements and adaptations.

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Age UK - Hospital Discharge Arrangements

Going into hospital can be a difficult time both for you and your family but it can make the experience less stressful if you know what should happen to ensure the right support is in place when you are ready to leave.

Our guide will help you understand how planned and emergency admissions are handled, the quality of care you can expect and how your discharge will be handled.

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Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire - Advice & Information Service

The Age UK Notts Information & Advice service operates throughout the City and County of Nottingham. Our information and advice service is independent, impartial, free and confidential.

We typically help local people in later life claim in excess of £2 million in benefit entitlements each year. We can help with benefit entitlements, such as:

  • Pension Credit.
  • Rent/Council Tax rebates.
  • Attendance Allowance.
  • Disability Living Allowance.
  • Carer’s Allowance.
  • Social Fund payments
  • Bereavement benefits.

We can also help with issues such as:

  • Gas and electricity bills.
  • Aids and adaptations.
  • Care at home.
  • Residential care.
  • Other local services and support.

Drop-in sessions

We hold drop-in advice surgeries every Monday and Thursday morning (10am to 12 noon) at Bradbury House, our Nottingham base. No appointment is necessary.

Home visiting service

We can offer home visits to disabled or housebound older people in need of help, or advice related to welfare benefit claims. Where appropriate, we will contact local advice-giving services on your behalf.


The success of the Information and Advice Service depends on the dedicated support of a team of trained volunteers. Contact us, without obligation, if you are interested in joining us.

Money Advice

We could all do with a bit of help sorting out our finances but where do we start?

Information services

We have a wide range of free Age UK information guides and factsheets, including:

  • Managing your money
  • Care homes
  • Health Services
  • Care at home

Contact us for a full list.

We also hold information about useful local projects and services available from the statutory and voluntary/charitable sectors.

What we offer you

  • We strive to offer you information that is accurate and up to date.
  • We can explain the choices you have.
  • We will help you decide what to do, but not force our opinions on you.
  • We may be able to take action on your behalf, if you want us to.
  • If we cannot help you, we may know of others who can.

How we work

  • We will not charge you for our service.
  • You can talk to us in private.
  • We will not make judgements about your life and what you want to do.
  • We will not be influenced by any interests other than yours.
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Live At Home Scheme, Worksop and District

We are a locally-based, registered self-funding Charity in Carlton-in-Lindrick, Worksop.  We are dedicated to improving the lives of isolated elderly people in Worksop and surrounding areas.  Our aim is to provide emotional and practical support to older people (over 60) living in their own homes, in order to enhance their quality of life and prolong their independent living.  We provide services to over 120 older people.

The services we provide:

  • A befriending service
  • Lunch clubs Monday-Friday
  • Shopping trips (monthly)
  • Day trips and outings
  • Bingo and coffee mornings
  • Advice sessions
  • Monthly newsletter
  • Seat based exercises
  • Music and dancing
  • Companionship

Centre activity times

  • Ann Daniels Centre, Monday 12.00-15.00, Tuesday 12.00-14.00 and Thursday 10.30-13.30
  • Rayton Spur Community Centre, Wednesday 12.00-14.30
  • Thievesdale Community Centre, Friday 11.00-14.15 (monthly)
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