Paul Seekings is the new Village Older Peoples Worker.
The specific objectives of the role are to:
- Support older people and carers with advice & information
- Reduce loneliness & isolation
- Improve take up of existing activities
- Support existing & encourage new initiatives
- Help older people to live as long as possible in their own home
- Increase volunteer base within community
After working for BT, which included climbing up telegraph poles and repairing telephones, Paul Seekings moved into the charity sector. He coupled family duties with part time roles at Cambridge Community Church (now C3 Church), then Welcome Home from Hospital (a project of Care Network) and later Epilepsy Society. He was also a Non Executive Director of South Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust.
He joined HICOM in January 2016 as Assistant to the Histon and Impington Village Older People’s Coordinator to help with the transport of older people to the Monday exercise classes held at the Recreation Ground and organise the minibus rota. On the retirement of the Older People’s Coordinator in November 2018 Paul increased his hours to become the Village Older People’s Worker to take on further supporting older people by visiting them and their families and assisting them in connecting with appropriate services.
Paul says “Since joining HICOM in 2016 I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and supporting older people in the community many of whom are isolated. With the increase in hours I am looking forward to building on the existing excellent work of HICOM and helping more people access services and information which will make a positive impact on their lives. There are many services that people are unaware of so a major part of my role is signposting. In addition I am keen to work with the other members of the HICOM Wellbeing Team and the HICOM trustees to develop new initiatives.”
Paul continues to help with the transport for the Monday classes and the arranging of the minibus rota. Since November 2018 he has already connected up with many individuals and families arranging for them to join groups, go on a shopping trip, attend a relevant exercise class and/or providing them with useful information and support.