Life can be sweeter for the over 50s thanks to a free, new service - Personal Independence Co-coordinators (or PIC Workers) supporting people to do more of the things that they enjoy.
You may have seen the service in Flagship magazine in May or spot the team at the Your Health, Your NHS event in Guildhall Square on 10 June.
The Age UK Portsmouth PIC workers meet with people to talk about their goals - what they would like to be doing with their time - and any difficulties for them to overcome.
PIC Worker Cindy Lillington explains:
"We help people to set their own goals and then achieve them! It could be discovering opportunities to mix more often with others who share their interests, overcoming a mobility issue with the help of a volunteer, restarting old hobbies, or trying something completely new. There are so many possibilities, I'm excited by the variety of ambitions that our clients have - everything we do is very much tailored to the individual."
The service is being funded by Age UK and Better Care, which joins up NHS and City Council social care provision. Age UK Portsmouth will be working closely with the voluntary sector and community groups to help people get the kind of support that suit their needs, and find new social opportunities.
People over 50 who live with long term conditions and have been in hospital in the last year can be referred to the scheme by local GPs. The service hopes to support 1,000 people in the first year.
If you would like to speak to someone about the scheme you can email Age UK Portsmouth at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 023 9286 2121.