The Local Care Network in detail

 Why do we need this?

Between 1976 and 2017, the average age at ordination doubled to the mid-fifties. As we age, we become more susceptible to infirmity, illness and disability. Added to our Order’s demographic time bomb is the fact that many members, including pioneers who devoted most of their lives to building the Order and Movement, have few financial resources.

Action is required

The Local Care Network project will help the Order develop more explicit and organised frameworks of care and support for Order members who need it, including accessing financial assistance and other services. The Network will also reinforce the existing culture of care in our community, and create a framework that will allow us to support Order members for generations to come.

Mahasraddha introduced the Local Care Network to the Order at the UK & Ireland Convention

Mahasraddha introduced the Local Care Network to the Order at the UK & Ireland Convention

How will it work?

Local Care Network Coordinators Groups will form around our Buddhist Centres to give guidance and assistance with the backing of the Abhayaratna Trust, and local experts and resources such as Age UK and Citizens Advice. Each Local Care Group will be able to make use of a special software package (Compass), developed by Age UK and the NHS, to guide a care needs assessment and produce a care and support plan for individuals.  

 What next?

The first stage of the project is to run a pilot scheme next year, initially in a few UK centres, before rolling out the project more widely, including other countries. One of the very first steps in the pilot will be to identify one or two Order members in each Centre piloting the Local Care Network who will receive software training delivered by Age UK/NHS staff. The pilot phase of the project is expected to start in December 2019 and last 12-24 months.

If you are interested in getting involved in the pilot phase, or to discuss ideas you have for care in the Order, please contact Mahasraddha (mahasraddha@abhayaratnatrust.org.uk), the director of the Abhayaratna Trust.  

We are fundraising for £2500 to pay for the pilot scheme training and travel costs. If you can contribute, please donate here. Thank you.