Helping older people to de-clutter

Care & Repair Cymru has been awarded 3 year funding from the Big Lottery People and Places to pilot a new service for older people that will help them to de-clutter and make space in their homes. The Attic Project will cover Cardiff, the Vale of Glamorgan and Newport and is aimed at people over 50 who are either moving to smaller accommodation or struggling to manage at home because there is too much “stuff” filling cupboards, rooms, sheds or attics. 

Chris Jones, Chief Executive of Care & Repair Cymru said: “We are delighted to have received this funding to pilot a service we know is really needed. Throughout our lives we all accumulate “stuff” and as we grow older just the thought of what to do with it, or how to dispose of it, can be daunting. With over 30 years’ experience of supporting older people to live independently, we have found that the accumulation of possessions can be a major obstacle in organising repairs, adaptations and improvements to make their homes safe and warm.

The Attic Project will also offer an opportunity to take part in an innovative  befriending and reminiscence project which will be provided by VCS Cymru and offered alongside the de-clutter service.

Jeremy Reese, Chief Executive of VCS Cymru commented: “The Attic Project is going to be a very innovative and exciting service, and VCS Cymru is greatly looking forward to partnering with Care & Repair Cymru for what will be a fascinating reminiscence programme. We will be helping people tell their stories through objects that may have been hidden away in their attic or cellar for years, and we’ll be collating and preserving personal oral histories for families & community’s to connect with for generations to come”

The Attic Project is a partnership service between Care & Repair Cardiff and the Vale, Newport Care & Repair, VCS Cymru and is led by Care & Repair Cymru.

Staff recruitment for the project is currently under way with the service being available from September 2017.