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Dorset POPP was one of 29 national pilot programmes funded by the Department of Health (DoH) in 2006 to improve the quality of life for older people by making sure that opportunities are put in place locally to promote healthy lifestyles, independence and preventative services and activities.

Research has shown that:

  • central to a good life in old age is the value attached by older people to being part of a community where people care about and look out for each other

  • older people are citizens with important roles in supporting each other within communities and are themselves the biggest provider of support to older people

Following the success of the POPP programme, this Early Help approach has now been extended to all adults.

  • Older people playing parachute game The Dorset POPP vision

    'Supportive communities that enable older people to remain living in their own homes for as long as they wish'

  • Dorset POPP Cluster Map Components of Dorset Early Help/POPP

    Dorset Early Help/POPP comprises 4 component parts.

  • Enjoying a POPP event Partnership working

    Key to the success of Dorset Early Help/POPP is the active involvement of older people and partnership working.

  • AONB Consultation - Countryside Picture The local context

    There are 188,000 people aged 50 or over living in Dorset, and this number is rising.

  • The Future of Dorset POPP

    The Programme is now in its tenth year and is jointly funded by Dorset County Council and Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group with a commitment to continue and expand in the future.

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