Dignity in Later Life
Prama is a leading Christian charitable Foundation in the South West of England.
Dr. Chris Moran launched PramaCare in 1982, initially to offer help to recently discharged hospital patients. Help was provided at that time from a handful of local church volunteers. Since then our volunteer family has grown we now employ nearly 300 staff with many hundreds of volunteers.
Since then Prama has come a long way and whilst we still deliver domiciliary care across Dorset we now do so much more.
We act as a voice for issues impacting older people.
We stand up for the Human Rights of Older people.
We work with disadvanteged and minority groups including BAME and LGBT+.
We have a Brain Injury support service,
We offer many clubs tackling loneliness and isolation for older people,
We run Memory Lane groups for those with Dementia or who are struggling with their memory,
We are helping to deliver Dementia Friendly Communities, Dementia Friendly Churches and communities for all ages in our ambition to see communities increasingly engaging with the Global Age Friendly Communities initiative from the WHO.
Chief Executive Officer
Our Vision and Mission
A world where no-one is unfairly disadvantaged or excluded, because of age or infirmity, and where every person can enjoy life as they age.
As a Christian Charity we enable those who live with vulnerability or isolation enjoy their independence, lead fulfilling lives and fully contribute to society.
We Are Committed To
Covenant on Demographic Change
Prama has signed up to, and is a participant in, the Covenant which has the purpose of engaging local and regional authorities, and other stakeholders in developing environments for active and healthy ageing that:
improve healthy life year expectancy,
enhance opportunities for independent living of older people and
support a society for all ages.
It connects and aligns with existing initiatives such as the World Health Organisation Global Network on Age-Friendly Cities and Communities (GNAFCC) and its affiliated programmes, the WHO-European Healthy Cities Network, the Dublin Declaration on age-friendly cities and communities in Europe and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA).
Human Rights of Older People
Prama is aware that discrimination in old age and the violation of older people’s rights continue to be tolerated around the world. As populations age, the number of older people facing this discrimination will increase. Despite this, attention to older people’s rights by governments, those working on human rights, and NGOs has been woefully inadequate.
The Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) sessions represent the first time that a process has been set up for UN Member States to specifically examine how to better protect older people’s rights.
Prama supports the OEWG’s main purpose in strengthening the protection of the human rights of older people. The OEWG has been given a wide mandate to examine the existing international framework in relation to the human rights of older people, and to identify possible gaps and how best to address them, including through considering the possibility of new human rights instruments. The General Assembly extended the OEWG’s mandate to consider and report on what should go into a new international legal instrument on older people’s rights in Resolution 67/139, adopted in December 2012.
Prama is committed to principles of social connectedness and intergenerational practice to reduce isolation and loneliness in later life. Intergenerational practice aims to bring people together in purposeful, mutually beneficial activities which promote greater understanding and respect between generations and contributes to building more cohesive communities.
Intergenerational practice is inclusive, building on the positive resources that the young and old have to offer each other and those around them. It can take many forms, linking together a range of processes that build positive relationships between generations, bringing mutual benefits to all involved.
Looking at Intergenerational Practice in the wider sense brings recognition that it can play an important part in shaping those services and achieving lasting improvements. Examples include:
- Changing negative perceptions of older and younger people
- Increasing the participation of older people in Life Long Learning
- Enhancing civic participation and active citizenship among both younger and older people
- Reducing levels of crime and fear of crime through greater understanding between generations
- Improving community cohesion and Sense of Place in neighborhoods
- Increasing health and well being
- Planning urban areas as shared spaces for all ages Bringing more positive outcomes to neighbourhoods as places in which to live and grow older.
All Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing (APPG)
Ensuring that older people's concerns are heard at a policy level, the APPG is also a forum to challenge legislation, promote best practice and share campaigning ideas. The APPG can and will undertake enquiries on issues that concern us all, from the impact of isolation on physical and mental health, integration of health and social care, employment and opportunities and poverty. At a very challenging time, when older people are at risk of long-term ill health, poor quality care and increasing costs, as well as the still lingering discrimination, there is a huge amount for the APPG to identify and work on to achieve a policy change.'
Age Friendly Communities
Prama will work and advocate for the communities of Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth to become recognised as “Age Friendly” in line with the standards set by the World Health Organisation 2008. A key strategy to facilitate the inclusion of older persons is to make our world more age-friendly. An age-friendly world enables people of all ages to actively participate in community activities and treats everyone with respect, regardless of their age. It creates communities that make it easy for older people to stay connected to those that are important to them. And it helps people stay healthy and active even at the oldest ages, providing appropriate support to those who can no longer look after themselves.
By 2030, there will be almost 13 million people in later life - aged 65 or over. In advance of the 2020 general election Prama will engage with and encourage today’s decision-makers to confront the challenges of tomorrow. From fair pensions to safe and sustainable care services, accessible housing to regular bus services to promote independence, we know that these policies will require bold and forward thinking action from our political leaders. To do nothing is not an option.