We are delighted to announce that the Big Lottery have awarded funding to Friendship at Homes project, “Young at Heart” which will help Friendship at Home to further grow and develop.
This Project is a continuation and development of our overall scheme to reduce isolation and loneliness and improve health and wellbeing of older people in N E Lincs. This Project will expand and compliment the current services, including a Befriending Service by increasing our volunteer base of befrienders and rolling out a telephone befriending service for those who are housebound and not ready for visitors. We will also continue to offer social and exercise activities to reduce isolation and encourage activity and wellbeing.
Friendship at Home has been working in North East Lincolnshire since September 2006 to help reduce the isolation and loneliness which older people face. The project was previously funded by Help the Aged, and then a 5 year grant from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund until June 2015.
Julie Rigby, Manager, said, “We are delighted to receive this grant from the Big Lottery Fund to develop activities and services for older people over the next five years; the project will make a huge difference to older people in North East Lincolnshire. Our social and exercise groups are a lifeline for older people and really make a difference. Now we will be able to offer more opportunities, not only to social activities but also for our Befriending and Independent Living services.
For those interested in undertaking voluntary work with older people, the opportunities to gain new skills, new experiences, receive training, be part of a dedicated team and to feel you are making a contribution to your community will be readily available. We know from experience the huge difference it can make to remain socially active within their community and how valuable the work of our volunteers is.”
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