Get Up and Go Awards 2009…

Another award for Moose in the Hoose!– The Get Up and Go Awards are run by the City of Edinburgh Council : “Get Up and Go has been developed in line with a City for All Ages – the city plan for older people. It is about improving opportunities and services for older people and removing discrimination towards them so that Edinburgh can truly become A City for all Ages. These biennial awards offer the opportunity to recognise individuals, charities, voluntary groups or public sector/commercial organisations from Edinburgh, who, in the opinion of the Partnership, have successfully promoted the principles of Get Up and Go throughout the last two years”

Left to right: Tish, Jenny, Carol and Stuart receive the award on behalf of the Moose project from Bob Malcolm of Radio Forth

Tish Chalmers, one of the Moose in the Hoose volunteers nominated the Moose project for the award in the ‘Ensuring the inclusion of older people in Edinburgh’ category.

Her nomination stated. “After engaging with residents, supported by staff, areas of interest can be pursued using the internet. Google Earth shows locations of relatives’ homes in all parts of the world and email accounts allow communication with family and friends including receiving digital photographs. Webcam lets both parties see and hear each other regularly.

Moose enlivens frail elderly residents in care homes, not to mention the volunteers themselves. It offers mental stimulation, and allows regular communication with friends and family, reassuring them of the resident’s wellbeing. It forms groups within the care home who normally have little contact otherwise. Webcam links have been facilitated to Canada, Australia and Shetland and several other countries throughout the world and such contacts have transformed the lives of participants and provoked most grateful thanks from the distant families.

Pat and Carol of the Moose project share their delight in the award

Moose was praised by the Care Commission regarding standards for care homes relating to ‘private life, ‘daily life, and ‘staying in touch’. Dr Anna Dickinson from the School of Computing at Dundee University has stated that: “The Moose in the Hoose’ Project has achieved something that few organisations world wide have managed with any success.” “As other organisations seek to provide similar benefits for their care home residents, the Moose in the Hoose should be an exemplar, ideally a template”. “Moose transforms the lives of older people and Inclusion, respect, dignity and having fun are vital ingredients of this work.”

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