Lottery Funding boost to tackle loneliness at weekends

Lottery Funding boost to tackle loneliness at weekends

Brendoncare has received a significant boost for its clubs for older people, with a three-year grant of £118,699 from the Big Lottery Fund to expand its service at weekends.

The number of older people living in the UK is rising rapidly, and the UK has been described as woefully underprepared for the needs of the ageing population, particularly in recognising the serious implications of loneliness and isolation. Brendoncare has around 80 friendship and well-being clubs across Hampshire and Dorset, offering older people a relaxed environment in which they can meet new friends, take part in a variety of activities and enjoy a chat over a cup of tea and biscuits. Many members see their Brendoncare club meeting as a real highlight of the week.

Sadly for many older people, their loneliest time is often the weekend, and yet there are fewer organised social activities available. The grant from the Big Lottery Fund will enable Brendoncare to open 23 new weekend clubs over the next three years, and recruit volunteer teams to support the project. The new clubs will be open to all members of the older community, and will offer a wide range of activities in a variety of venues across Hampshire and Dorset.

Mr. Edwin Ingleton is Head of Brendoncare Club Services, and is very excited about the weekend clubs project: “I am thrilled that the Big Lottery shares Brendoncare’s vision to reduce loneliness and isolation for older people at the weekend.  Loneliness doesn’t suddenly stop at 5pm on a Friday night and that is why offering social opportunities at the weekend is so important.  This project will make such a difference to the lives of many people across Hampshire and Dorset.”

More information about Brendoncare’s clubs can be found on the charity’s website http://www.brendoncare.org.uk, or by telephoning 01962 852133.

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