An enabling service designed to help and support people over the age of 65 and their carers who have suffered a downturn in their life. It enables participants to identify and achieve personal goals, help reduce isolation, increase confidence and maximise their quality of life.

Case Study

A 71 year old lady was referred to Time for Life by Devon Carers. She cared for her husband with terminal cancer who unfortunately sadly died during intervention. The participant severe form of Parkinson’s Disease, which prevented her from getting out due to her medical condition plus the responsibilities of her caring role. Once her caring responsibility had come to end she was still not able to go out as she had lost her confidence and had become withdrawn.

The Time for Enabler supported her in the 1:1 sessions to use the Ring and Ride to enable her to do her own shopping and introduced her to:

  • the Out and About Club for social intervention
  • a Craft Group
  • a Library Club
  • "Tea and Chat" in the local village resulting in her joining the W.I.

The participant has rebuilt her confidence and regularly attends various social groups and continues to make new friends. She commented that " Time for Life had enabled her to rebuild her life following the death of her husband and enabled her to have the courage to continue living independently".

Case Study

J felt very socially isolated and suffered from panic attacks. Her husband had recently moved into a care home but had been his main carer when he was living at home. Her husband preferred not to have any visitors, so J felt quite isolated and had never had the opportunity to make many friends. This was bewildering for her and she did not know where to start to even find out about things.

When Time for Life became involved with J, the Enabler was able to give her a variety of information ranging from craft groups, social groups, befriending support and also social trips and outings. The Enabler also referred J to Age UK for a benefits’ check.

The Enabler accompanied J to her first social group meeting to help support her in meeting new people. J quickly made friends and with another lady, and organised a weeklong trip to Scotland. Although J’s husband had only passed away a few weeks before, she still went on the trip to Scotland that she had helped plan. J continues to attend the social group, where she often instigates a sing-a-long. J also now feels part of her local community and attends both coffee mornings and luncheons in her village.

Time for Life has helped J to make the first steps in overcoming her social isolation and she is now feeling more self-confident. Following the enabling intervention she says: "If I decide to do something now, I will."

Case Study

This is a story that highlights the importance of the TfL community activities:

"Time for Life was a life saver for my Mum – I moved her 70 miles down to Ivybridge when my Dad died – she knew nobody and I am busy at work. For the first year (at 69 years old) she was a bit miserable, but involved herself with bits of volunteering but really made no new friends. When she tried to join any new groups she found them to be unfriendly. Then a new Time for Life group started in Ivybridge which mum joined and this has been amazing. She has formed a friendship with 2 other ladies who joined - one was in same position as my Mum, moved down to the area on death of her husband and the other is local, had always socialised with her husband but when she became a widow she didn’t really know how to go about ‘doing things on her own’. Now they have formed a very good relationship together; they take trips everywhere on the train and bus (Totnes by bus, Cornwall on train, Newton Abbot on train), always Sunday lunch out, and at least 2 outings out to enjoy coffee and cake during the week!"