Don't treat the elderly as victims, but as enablers: Southwark Circle
In South London, England, Southwark Circle members get together to enjoy a variety of interests and activities, and to learn new things through the Member Calendar. They can also buy tokens to get help from local, reliable Neighbourhood Helpers. Some members also help out fellow members and can earn tokens for doing so.
Elderly are a huge cost to the government.people with “low to moderate” needs have been deprioritised. This is uneconomical because they are shut off and deteriorate faster. Southwark Circle in South London, England takes a different approach, it’s all about empowerment.
Designed by the consultancy 'Participle', the team found in their research that Pensioners dislike being talked down to about their “needs” - most also feel that they have something to give. Southwark Circle helps them to help each other, and to pay each other small amounts of money for doing so.