Brendoncare Clubs, run by Winchester based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, is delighted to announce that they have received a grant of £14,545 from The Rank Foundation. The grant will be used towards staff costs for the ongoing community support service and rental costs of the Club Hampshire Centre in Gosport.
This generous grant has been awarded from The Rank Foundation Covid-19 Recovery Fund and is in addition to a grant of £10,000 received from The Rank Foundation Resilience Fund in 2020. The grant last year benefited Brendoncare Clubs across Hampshire and Dorset in helping with the running costs of the community support service, digital connection and virtual clubs.
Brendoncare Clubs have been temporarily closed since March 2020 and with many members living alone, Brendoncare has been helping to maintain the positive connections and friendships they enjoy through their regular clubs. There have been over 13,000 contacts made to members and volunteers as part of the community support service, 238 virtual club meetings and 59 digital connection sessions.
Sam Agnew, Head of Brendoncare Clubs, said,
“This grant of £14,545 from The Rank Foundation will mean that we can continue with the community support service and ensure that our members and volunteers are feeling less isolated.
“We have heard from our members that since the clubs closed in March they have missed the social contact and the time with friends, the fun and laughter. It is wonderful that we can continue offering them virtual social interaction through our virtual club meetings.”
Kerry Whitehead-Dymond, Grant Administration Manager, from The Rank Foundation, commented,
“We are pleased to be able to support Brendoncare Clubs through this difficult time, in their work to help those in need in the local community.”
Brendoncare Clubs is a well-established and trusted community service, offering a vital lifeline in Hampshire and Dorset, through the 94 clubs across 40 locations during the week and over the weekend. They offer a friendly, fun, relaxed and supportive environment where older people can meet other club members, make friends and develop strong peer support networks.