mPower was a project like no other. They took into their own hands improving lives of elderly people through community connections, science and introduced technology to care homes before anyone was even thinking about a pandemic.
All this effort was poured-in to enable people to take the steps needed to live well, safely and independently in their own homes by self-managing their own health and care in the community. By giving beneficiaries choice and listening to what really matters to them we have built trust, and empowered people to really be in control of what makes a difference for them. Often, people know what they need and just need a little help to put things in place.
Our task was to shine the light on the hard work done by community navigators and volunteers across Scotland, Norther Ireland and Ireland – a truly collaborative project.
35 interviews later we made a series of four films on the deep impact mPower had on people. You can see all the films on the mPower website: https://mpowerhealth.eu/
Peter opened up about being able to join a community garden project in Newry, Northern Ireland: “I meet these men and it’s wonderful, otherwise I’d be staying at home looking at the wall.
Shirley from Dumfries and Galloway although reluctant at first, embraced using a smartwatch to help her track her activity: ‘I’d gone from being very, very active to literally being barely able to stand. So that data really helped the recovery.’
The project also made a huge impact to public sector as a whole. Dr Etaluku, specialist Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist said: ‘by remote working, we should be able to cut down on our waiting lists.’
We are humbled to have met so many people simply the best in their fields and giving their all to improve the lives of older people.