Category Archives: Elderly Care Project

Elderly Care Project 2016

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The Elderly Care Project (ECP) is one of IDC North Easts longest running Community Welfare Projects. After realising the Elderly were being neglected in the society we live in today and the shocking facts about elderly people dying in the winter as they could not stay warm, we decided to do something about it.

Our Community Welfare Team regularly visits the elderly at their centres. At the start of each month we visit a centre in Greater Walker, where our team has been visiting for the last couple of years.

In 2016, we have been approached by AGE UK to visit their centre on a regular basis. In March we started our visits at their centre in Denton burn and sre looking forward to making many more visits.

ECP Winter Warmth Campaign 2015

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“There is an average of 26,700 winters’ deaths in England and Wales over the last ten years. Each winter, 1 older person dies needlessly every 7 minutes from the cold­ – that’s 200 deaths a day that could be prevented.” (Age UK)

This is an astounding figure and something that should concern us as Muslims. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Man is doomed and a loser if Allah does not put compassion for mankind in his heart.” (al-Silsilah al-Saheehah)

It is from values of Islam that we should have compassion and mercy for those within our community, especially those who are considered as vulnerable and in need.
Among those who fall into this category are the elderly within our communities; regardless of their colour, religion, gender, the elderly are at risk during the winter months.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said, “He is not one of us who does not show mercy to our young ones and respect our old ones.” (Tirmidhi) Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to show compassion towards the elderly as a sign of mercy in our heart and as a sign of caring for those in need.

With more budget cuts taking place every year, the plight of the elderly has sparked a renewed interest amongst many organisations and individuals across the UK.
Many have emphasised that the elderly are not receiving the respect and dignity they deserve.

This year IDC North East went to visit the Elderly to distribute free scarves, thermal socks, hats and gloves again.

Elderly Care Project 2015

Regular ongoing visits to the community centre in Newcastle on the first Monday and Tuesday of every month, engaging with the elderly service users and staff.  Normally a different theme is used each month to keep the visits fresh and new.


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A few of the brothers from the IDC team visited the community centre and engaged with the men and the staff there.


ecpSisters Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 07/08/15.

In September this month 5 of the sisters visited the elderly ladies and done henna patterns and massages for the ladies and staff.


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The sisters from the IDC Teesside team visited their local community centre for the elderly this month and engaged with the staff and service users.


ecp julSisters Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 06/07/15.

During the blessed month of Ramadan our volunteers continued to visit the elderly and took along some #ShareRamadan literature, explaining what this month was about.


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One of younger volunteers was on hand to play games with our friend Pete from the centre.


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Sisters Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 01/06/15.

The Sisters did their monthly visit and decided this time to bring nail polish for their friends at the centre.


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Brothers Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 12/05/2015.

After a recent volunteer recruitment drive, our Elderly Care Projects has new Brothers who have joined the team this month and quickly starting engaging with the Elderly.


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Sisters Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 11/05/2015.

The Sisters visited the Elderly this month and the main topic of discussion was our upcoming event on tackling Anti-semtism and Islamophobia.


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Sisters Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 13/04/2015.

The IDC Sister paid their regular visit to the Greater Walker Community Centre. Along with serving food, board games were also played to socialise with the elderly attendees.


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Brothers Elderly Care Visit, Greater Walker Community Centre. 07/04/2015.

The Brothers were on hand to serve food, play pool and socialize with the elderly this month. The team numbers were dropping and new recruits are needed for next month.


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Elderly Care Social, North Ormesby Resource Centre. 17/03/2015.

IDC Teesside volunteers gave out winter warmth donations to elderly and volunteers socialised with the elderly. Volunteers also brought along some refreshments and played games with attendees at the centre.


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Brothers Elderly Care visit, 11/03/2015.

The IDC guys were active in the local community yesterday giving a helping hand at Walker Community Trust! The Elderly Care Project has been running for over a year now, and long may it continue!


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Elderly Care Visit at the Great Walker Community Centre, 02/03/2015.

The IDC Newcastle sisters went on their monthly visit to the Great Walker Community Centre. The initiative has been so popular amongst the Muslim community new volunteers have signed up and were at the social this month.


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Elderly Care Project Monthly Visit at the Greater Walker Trust Community Centre, 02/02/2015.

As part of our monthly visits, the sisters visited the ladies and got them to try on the hijaab last week!

The IDC sisters got an opportunity to talk about where and when they wear the hijab (…many thought they even wear it to bed!A great opportunity to remove this misconception!

(We even got one of the workers to get involved!)


Elderly Care Project Winter 2014-15

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IDC North East has had a brilliant 2014 and to finish it off we are launching our Winter Campaign.

Throughout 2014, the IDC team has been meeting up with the elderly in our city, keeping them company, playing games and helping out at the local community centres.

THIS WINTER is our Winter Warm Campaign – Warming the elderly by gifting them with YOUR donations! Blankets, Gloves, thermal socks…our team has purchased these items with your donations to give to those who need it.

Last year, Lyn Johnson ( Chief Excutive of AGE UK Newcastle) said ‘We would like to Thank You for the donation of warm clothing and duvets to AGE UK Newcastle for your winter warmth campaign’.

Once again, We are collecting NEW blankets, thermals, hot water bottles or cash (to purchase those items) and in December, we will be distributing YOUR donations among the elderly people of Newcastle to help keep them warm this winter!

To make a donation go to https://mydonate.bt.com/events/elderlycareproject/

To drop off NEW blankets, thermals, hot water bottles or any other items that may be of benefit, please come to our Newcastle Office: 2 Shipley Avenue, Fenham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 9RA.

The Campaign to keep elderly warm this winter has featured on bbc radio newcastle and on ITV (http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/update/2014-12-02/campaign-to-keep-elderly-people-warm-this-christmas/)


 Day 1 at Greater Walker Community Trust (Women’s only day)

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 Day 2 at Greater Walker Community Trust.

(this time the brothers got involved!)

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 Day 3 at Age UK, Lincrest, Lindthorpe Road, West Denton.

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Day 4 at Age UK, Bishops Court, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Final Day at Age UK, Bishops Court, Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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Today was the FINAL day of our Elderly Care#WinterWarmCampaign! We dropped off the rest of the goods for the elderly at Age UK to distribute to the elderly during their home visits.
Once again, a HUGE thank you to everyone that donated towards this project!



Elderly Care Project 2014

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The Elderly Care Project is a social initiative started by IDC in 2013. The aim originally was to help keep elderly members of the community warm in the winter.

However due to popular demand from elderly members of the Greater Walker Community Centre, we make monthly social visits to see them.

Throughout 2014, IDC North East will continue to support and care for the elderly members in our community right here in the North East. The Real EDL (Elderly Defence League) are group of IDC brothers and sisters who take time out each month and go and visit the elderly for a catch up and general chit chat.

As it worked so well in Newcastle, the Teesside team took it up themselves to create and run their own Elderly Care Project.

To date, as well as the monthly socials, we also have conducted curry nights and even a mosque visit.


 

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IDC Teesside arranged a curry night to take place at the care home for the residents and the staff.​ The members of IDC who attended served the food which was donated from Billingham Balti House. The night went well as there was a very good response and also good engagement.


 

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Elderly Care Project, Newcastle University Mosque Visit, 11th December 2014. Attended by 6 members of the Greater Walker Community Centre.

On Thursday 11th December 2014 IDC Members Faraz Hussain, Daniel Johnson, Richard Coupeland and Abbas Rafi hosted a group of 5 senior citizens and 1 Carer from in Greater Walker Trust Newcastle. Daniel delivered a talk on Islam inside the mosque, and gave the visitors a guided tour of the mosque’s interior and the artefacts therein. The delegation from the Greater Walker Trust also partook in an extended question and answer session.


 

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IDC’s Faraz Hussain and Daniel Johnson had a great time on BBC Radio Newcastle’s “Jonathon Miles Show” today. The guys discussed the Elderly Care Project, a “Muslim View of Christmas” and other hot topics!


 

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Elderly Care Project, December Centre Visit, The Greater Walker Community Centre, 01 december 2014. Volunteers interacted with 40 members from the centre.

IDC volunteers attended their monthly ECP at Monkchester community centre. IDC volunteers went to discuss general Islam, get feedback for the project and offer henna and nail polish.


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Teesside Curry Night, 22/11/14

An IDC sister organised a curry night for the staff and members of a local care home.

Along with some curry and samosas, it was a great evening that provided some interesting conversations. The night provided an opportunity to engage with staff and residents on Islamic Awareness.


ecp oct main picOctober Elderly Care Visit, 8/10/14

Every month, the IDC team reaches out to the elderly community as friendly company and care. Giving respect to those who helped build this country.

Project leader Faraz Hussain says ‘It is a very rewarding and heart warming experience sitting and chatting with the elderly. We have been doing this for some time now and the people who meet have opened up to us. They really look forward to our visits at the start of every month’.

IDC will be facilitating a mosque visit with members from the centre soon.


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August Elderly Care Visit with a Game of Darts, 12/08/14

As part of our Eid celebrations, our team from the real EDL presented the guys with a dartboard as a special eid just for them. The real EDL family is growing as new volunteers also joined in the fun too! The guys played some darts and dominos then had a good chat over some tea.