A new project aimed at reducing the number of people killed and injured by falls at home
has received a substantial funding boost.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is to receive £725,360 over three years towards the project, from the Department of Health.
Stand Up, Stay Up
The money will help deliver the project, Stand Up, Stay Up, which aims to support organisations in making the most of falls prevention projects in local communities, promoting their services and training staff and volunteers in how to guard against falls.
RoSPA will invite local communities, individuals and those who work with older people to join up to the initiative.
Sheila Merrill, RoSPA’s public health adviser, says falls can destroy the quality of life for those who suffer them. There are more than 4 million A&E attendances, leading to 333,000 hospital admissions, for fall accidents involving people over 65.
Website to support programme
RoSPA’s website will offer those involved access to materials that support the programme.
The project will also work more closely with partners in up to 10 local authority areas. This aims to build innovative programmes with the council to reduce the number of falls and boost the knowledge and support people need to keep themselves safe.
For those interested in getting involved, applications will open soon.
Date Published: March 22, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown