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How community organisations contribute to healthy ageing


DAYSON Chris, et al


Centre for Ageing Better

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Evaluation report of the Leeds Neighbourhood Network (LNN) – a community of 37 groups that provide a wide range of opportunities supporting healthy ageing. The report draws on six in-depth case studies, exploring reasons for their success and implications for health and social care policy. Each case study involved a desk-based review of existing evidence and data, and qualitative research with 57 LNN staff, volunteers, members and partners. The evaluation finds that the networks support prevention of ill health through community-based activities and support; help people to manage long-term conditions in order to delay illness severity and maintain a good quality of life; assist people with significant support needs to reduce pressure on healthcare providers. The evaluation also considers the evidence related to the five ‘mechanisms of change’ that underpin the LNNs’ contribution to healthy ageing: resources; range of activities; relationships, responsiveness to their members' needs; and reassurance. The findings of this report suggest four key implications for health and social care policy and the role of community-based organisations supporting priorities associated with people in later life and health ageing. These include: the importance of prevention; the value of long-term investment in the core work of community based organisations; mechanisms community-based organisations need to thrive and the need to ‘level-up’ support for people in later life at a neighbourhood level. (Edited publisher abstract)

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