It was an absolute joy to visit Libertus in Gracemount this month to hear about the ground-breaking work they are doing for their elderly service users. I presented them with one of my  Covid Community Heroes Awards for their work during the pandemic, supporting vulnerable service users.

I even managed to formally present the “cleanest fire extinguisher award” to chef Nancy. All well deserved.

Libertus have also been nominated for a European Award! LiberActive, a Libertus Service, has been shortlisted in the category ‘Social Innovation’ for the European Social Services Awards 2021. The award ceremony will be held in Brussels on the 3rd December.

Libertus Services replaced a conventional day service for 110 weekly placements for older people at very short notice to respond to the emergency lockdown due to the pandemic.

This LiberActive programme provides several new, flexible services and social activities to support people effectively in meeting personal outcomes while living at home.

Older vulnerable adults using the service are provided with support, training and electronic enabled devices to access social group activities. This promotes peer interaction at home and in their premises, via tablets, and large screens supported by webcams and a specific app. LiberActive group activities reduce social isolation, as participants take part in a wide range of stimulating and enjoyable activities while remaining in contact with the providers and with their peers.

The voting for this award is now open to the public and together with the scores of the selection panel will decide the winners in each category.

Please find the link to the voting here:

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