As they struggle with stairs, tight corners, inaccessible baths or for those in wheelchairs, the impossibility of leaving the house. But living at home independently is overwhelmingly what most people want to do and with simple adjustments made to their home, there is no need for them to be excluded and isolated. And making living at home a comfortable reality is just what the council’s Occupational Therapy team does. An occupational therapist makes an assessment of whether someone meets the conditions for having alterations done.

If the conditions are met, the therapist then books in a worker to come and put in handrails, make a ramp to the door, wide doors for wheelchair access or any number of other small but life transforming changes. For someone who is unable to get out of their front door, this is clearly a long time to wait to start leading a more active life. As part of the priority to tackle health inequalities, the Your Newham 2010 Local Strategic Partnership has put money into a project that is devised to move the backlog and get things moving.

Enact Conveyancing MelbourneAnd despite the fact that the team is currently dealing with around 50 referrals a week, the project has ensured that these new referrals are not sitting at the end of a 600-long waiting list for their assessment, but join a queue of just 30. As one client said I have been assessed and the equipment that was advised has been installed for my use. It has been a great relief to have these aids thank you for the time you have given to my needs.

The benefits of this scheme are not just evidence for the clients that are eligible for the equipment. Families can spend more time doing things together with their elderly relatives rather than just looking after them. And once the limitations of housebound life have been cast aside the clients are able to contribute to community life through community centres. Susan Warner, who has managed the project, sums up the achievement Coming into work each day would be daunting for the team the waiting list took up a huge filing cabinet and now there is empty drawers. Its great as it means we have really been able to make a difference to the quality of life of hundreds of clients. With support from the local Community Forum and a cash injection from the Your Newham 2010 Local Strategic Partnership.

More KS2 pupils from Bowbridge, a junior school in Newark, visited a large pig farm where they could follow the life stages of a pig. Next came a visit to their school by “Ladies in Pigs” a bizarrely named but very practical group of farmers’ wives whose job it is to promote pig products. In a Farmlink project that involved older Key Stage 4 pupils on a Youth Award Scheme, the young people visited a horticultural training allotment to explore the different ways in which fruit and vegetables are grown.

The strength of the Farmlink approach is that it usually involves a series of visits over the course of the farming year. This gives the children a chance to see how farm animals develop, how plants grow, The licensed conveyancer way land use changes over the months. Photographing or videoing crops, animals and/or wildlife on each visit and observing changes through the year. There was a feeling among farmers that young people who lived on the edges of the countryside, in urban fringe areas, knew little and therefore cared little for the rural economy. Farms were, and still are, regularly used as dumping grounds for old cars, vandals destroy crops, farm buildings are damaged, hedgerows and sensitive eco-systems trampled upon. There was the impression that young people in particular who lived in or on the edge of cities felt that the countryside was an alien place.

Even those who live on the urban fringes, and pass farms on their way to school, may know little or nothing about what goes on in a dairy farm, cow shed or wheat field. Through Farmlink Groundwork Trusts have been well placed to encourage schools within their areas to foster closer ties of understanding with the rural environment. In one project Groundwork Erewash Valley encouraged children to map dangerous “hot spots” around the local farm, helping them understand that farms can be very hazardous environments. One farmer told Groundwork that he was “terrified” of children coming on to his farm because his pigs might catch a disease from the visitors.

The Farmlink learning process is two way: often the farmer learns just as much about children from city schools as they do about him or her. According to the Groundwork project officer who arranged the trip, “It was really important to get these children in a place where there are not too many others.