Stories

How mPower has helped others.

Introducing Rosie from Fermanagh

Rosie said “The whole experience with mPower has been life changing. I have gone from leading a quite reclusive and isolated life to now socialising again 3 days a week! This has transformed me and given me back opportunities that not only allow me to mix with others but also gives me a sense of identity and worth again”.

“I am now much happier on the days I spend at home alone and can appreciate them much better as I have my weekly outings to look forward to. I go to an exercise class and some social groups for likeminded individuals. On the day that I get the bus to the daycentre I usually get a sing song going and a wee bit of laughter happening with my new friends and this makes me feel good knowing that I am helping them too”.

“If I feel myself getting down when I’m alone and if I start thinking about my dementia or feeling lonely, I give myself a shake and head off to the room to plan what outfit I am going to wear on my next day out or set about a few wee jobs at home, which have been needing doing! I am trying to be positive and knowing that I have access to transport now helps me to feel more connected to the world. I have great fun with the social car drivers on the way to my weekly activities; they take such good care of me. I really am enjoying life a lot more”.

Rosie’s daughter said “I have noticed a dramatic change in Mum’s overall wellbeing since starting with mPower. After her various outings she is full of wonderful stories and old memories as she is meeting people from her past. She’s singing, entertaining and reminiscing, all of these have had a major impact on her wellbeing – for the better!”

Please note the name in this story has been changed.

Introducing Daphne

Daphne Nisbet, 83 from Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Galloway is just one of the people who has been helped by the project. She has spoken of the positive impact mPower had on her life – watch her story here:

Daphne was referred to the project earlier this year and after completing a Wellbeing Plan with her local Community Navigator, she agreed to give Florence a try to help her to remember to take her medication. After an initial 6-week trial of Florence, Daphne was successfully taking her medication as prescribed. Daphne increased her independence, something which she has expressed is very important to her

Daphne said “Florence is just a text and it’s like a friend really. It’s definitely there to help you”.

Introducing Molly

Molly was referred to the project by her GP following 22 surgery visits between January and September 2018. At the end of September, the mPower Community Navigator visited Molly and together they completed a Wellbeing Plan and Molly was signposted to a local social club. When she attended, she reconnected with an old friend and enjoyed the social interaction. The Community Navigator also arranged for Molly to receive a personal alarm which is monitored by a local service. This gives her peace of mind that should anything happen, the alarm will be automatically raised and help on the way. So far, Molly has not re-presented at the GP surgery.

Introducing Jean

Jean has mobility issues and until recently had been heavily dependent on family to get around. She was referred to the project by her GP at the end of September 2018. As part of Jean’s Wellbeing Plan, the Community Navigator put her in touch with a local transport service who can accommodate her specific vehicle needs. Jean is now able to use the transport service and decide for herself when she goes out, rather than fitting in with family members schedules. Since she has been getting out more, Jean has discovered a local shop which offers an online shop and delivery service. Being able to manage her own shopping and decide when and where she goes has given Jean an enormous sense of empowerment and independence.

Please note that some names have been changed and some images are for illustrative purposes only

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