WOOPI (Wider Opportunities for Older People - Inverclyde)

Overview
WOOPI (Wider Opportunities for Older People in Inverclyde) is a Partnership Project**  run by Inverclyde Council's Community Learning & Development Department. The Project was launched in July 2009 in Greenock after a success bid for £392,962 from the Big Lottery. The main activities of the WOOPI project are designed to:

* Improve the physical, mental health and wellbeing of Inverclyde's older residents
* Improve skills and confidence through volunteering, with a strong focus of skill sharing between younger and older people
* Assist in the breakdown of the cultural stereotypes
* Encourage the formation of senior citizen groups across Inverclyde
* Encourage community participation and enterprise relating to members interests.

Classes and Activities

The WOOPI project benefits in particular older residents in disadvantaged areas and also people who are socially isolated.

 

Classes and activities include -
Technical skills - digital photography, digital video editing, computing, desktop publishing and web-design
Practical skills - banner making, sewing, floral arts
History - Scottish history and family history
Creative arts - jewellery making, music workshops, art, drama, choir
Fitness - chair aerobics, keep fit, salsa
Personal development - Life makeover workshops, parenting support groups

Volunteer tutors
Older adults who want to give something back to their community through passing on their knowledge and skills make a vital contribution to the project. The project is also dependant on volunteers for its day-to-day planning, running and sustainability. These self-sustaining groups contribute to the ongoing success of the WOOPI activities listed above.

Intergenerational aspects
Younger family members and neighbours of the older participating adults benefit from the inter-generational programmes. Constructive contact between younger and older people is facilitated through a range of community based Youth clubs, Boys Brigade Groups, Local Scouts Troops, Local Girl Guides Troops and the Duke of Edinburgh organisation. These promote mutual understanding and joint activity across the generations. Current intergenerational activities within the WOOPI project include skillshare groups and development programmes such as, Banner Making Groups, Digital Photography Groups, Graffiti Art Projects, Fishing Groups, WOOPI Choir, Drama Projects, Floral Arts Groups, Mobile Phone Groups, Intergenerational Web Design.

Email: Reid McLaughlin  Tel: 0777 221 602 /01475 715495
Website under construction:
WOOPI Project, Adult Learning and Literacies Team, Community Learning and Development, Highholm Centre, Highholm Avenue, Port Glasgow PA14 5JN

** The WOOPI Project works closely with the WOOPI Advisory Committee comprising local senior citizens from  Inverclyde and Inverclyde Councils Community Learning Development partnership (CLD). The CLD partnership includes Auchmountain Community Resource Centre, Branchton Community Centre, Clune Park Community Resource Centre, Enterprise Childcare, Inverclyde Community Health Partnership, Community Safety, Community Work, Education, Libraries, Social Work, Inverclyde Volunteer Centre, Inverclyde Youth Strategy Group, Youth Connections. All partners have an operational responsibility for the project and meet on a monthly basis to discuss CLD activities with the WOOPI being a standing item on the agenda.

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