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RISE (Reaching the ISolated Elderly) was a project initiated by REGENERATE.com in 2001 following a participatory needs assessment of the Roehampton area by the Wandsworth PCT. REGENERATE.com was started in January 2000 by Mo Smith and her son Andy Smith when they identified the need for a Lunch Club in the heart of the Alton Estate - the second most deprived area in the borough of Wandsworth. From those small beginnings sprang RISE in Roehampton. Following the closure of the Robert Joy Day Centre in Putney, a second RISE was opened to reach the isolated elderly in Putney from the Platt Christian Centre in Felsham Road, Putney and is funded by Wandsworth Borough Council.
In April 2006 REGENERATE.com divided into two organisations in order that each one could focus on their specific target group and a new Company Limited by Guarantee and registered charity called Regenerate-RISE was born. In April 2007 Regenerate-RISE amalgamated their two projects into one and is currently working from the Platt Christian Centre in Putney with an outreach work into both Putney and Roehampton.
Our report "RISE-ing to the Challenge", dated January 2008 is available in pdf format. The report outines the history of RISE and details our clients experience living in South-West London. Regenerate-RISE aims to rise to the challenge to eradicate isolation amongst older people please click here.
The vision of Regenerate-RISE is to eradicate isolation across the UK and our national RISE projects are beginning to take shape, albeit at the early stages and we are networking well with local Churches and organisations in the areas of Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham and Ealing. It is an exciting time and we are looking forward to seeing RISE projects spring up across the country, albeit in slightly different formats - we hope to meet the need of the isolated elderly in each area and these vary in each area.
Above: Mo Smith, Founder and Chair of Trustees
The Trustees are committed to providing a quality service to the community of SW15 and across the UK and believe very much that the service should be "user led" and involve the members in the decision making at every level. We currently have three Trustees, have a new Trustee joining soon and are also recruiting a new Member Trustee.
The following meet regularly with the Board of Trustees:
Mo Smith FRSA (Chair of Trustees), Ray Smith, Dr Sara Morgenstern, Mattia Romani, Sarah Radford and Doris Wright
The RISE Advisory Committee supports the Board of Trustees:
Regenerate-RISE aims to care for their staff by providing a full programme of training and support by using both internal and external trainers. We are also dedicated to improving our standard of care and our aim is that every member of staff will have an NVQ in Care. We also consider it important to follow the Department of Health's guidelines on Stress in the Workplace to avoid high levels of absence.
We take young people on work experience from Schools and Colleges in Wandsworth and provide a varied programme of training to help students learn about the "care" side of our work, as well as the complexity of running a registered charity and company limited by guarantee.
We work with:
Initially RISE worked in partnership with the Primary Care Trust and was funded by a Health Improvement Grant and is currently funded by Wandsworth Council, Social Services Department. We work alongside local Churches and organisations and are currently enroling volunteers from Hillsongs Church to visit the isolated elderly in Roehampton. We are also working with Putney High School and have two students interested in volunteering on a regular basis. The Platt Christian Centre is owned by Livability (previously John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society) and support and training is accessed by Livability on a regular basis.
During last Summer, we went on various outings including a trip to Worthing. We were funded by Wandsworth Council and hired a coach, taking 40 people to enjoy the south coast. It was a little bit windy, but a great time was enjoyed by all. We had 8 wheelchair users and the sea brought back many happy memories to many of our clients.