O4O Media Launch
The O4O media launch was held on Thurday 19 march 2009, at the Glen Canisp Lodge, Lochinver, in the Scottish Highlands. The launch had a terrific attendance, including representatives from the Highland Council, NHS Highland, Assynt Community Care Unit, Assynt Foundation, Highland Telecare Service, Scourie Community Council, Assynt Leisure, Highland Senior Citizens Network, and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.
The day kicked off with the official launch of O4O by Professor Jane Farmer. Click this link to view the LAUNCH PRESENTATION. The presentation introduced the concept, aims and thinking behind O4O, demonstrating the far-reaching scope of the project and highlighting the imperative to understand and work with individual communities.
The day continued with lively discussions, including group planning discussion about local housing for older people in the Assynt area. Talk centred around Assynt Foundation land near the lodge, but with a general view to housing older people in the Highlands. Various factors were considered, including
- What housing should look like in sympathy with the rural environment,
- Where it can be placed in terms of other housing,
- How it can be designed to be barrier free and meet increased care and support requirements.
- How it can contribute to the health and wellbeing of residents.
- How it can be part of a partnership approach between individuals, communities and local authority and health professionals in supporting older people to maintain independent living in their own communities.
Importantly, the event was also an opportunity to ask older people themselves what they think, with locals invited along to contribute to the discussion. Various experts were present to answer questions and discuss ideas. The event was designed to kick start O4O work in Assynt, looking at various models for accommodating older people, pros and cons, and implications for the community.
Various experts present:
David Somerville: Architect
Trevor Black: Architect
Polly Chapman: Scottish Government, Third Sector
Ronnie MacRae: Highland Small Community Housing Trust
Norman MacAskill: SCVO
Donna Henderson: Telecare
Bob Pettit: Cairn Housing
Lucy Fraser: Albyn Housing
Helen Cameron: Albyn Housing
Anne Sutherland: HIE
Alan MacRae: Crofters Foundation
Local People attending included:
Donald Campbell Assynt Foundation / HC Social Worker in this area
Jess Coull Home care services in this area
Sandra MacFarlane NHS
Dr Andreas Herfurt Clinical Lead for NWS
Georgia O’Hare NHS CHP
Christian Goskirk Long term conditions manager
Allan MacRae Local rep for Scottish Crofting Foundation
Vanessa Ling Leisure Centre
Jane Young Leisure Centre
Council Members attending:
O4O Highland Steering Group:
The discussion proved lively and informative, with locals and experts able to present their views and discuss possible ways forward in a convivial atmosphere. Overall the day was a great start to O4O's work in Assynt, and a very positive launch to the O4O project as a whole.