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Brendoncare Clubs in Gosport receives grant to reopen

Gosport member doing Tai Chi

Brendoncare Clubs, run by Winchester based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, have been awarded a ‘Recovery Fund’ grant of £5,000 from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF). The grant will be used to help Brendoncare Gosport Community Hub reopen face-to-face clubs.

Brendoncare Gosport’s Community Hub offers a variety of weekday and weekend clubs for older people living in the local area ranging from Pilates, Tai Chi, dance, keep fit, ping pong, gardening, film, singing to lunch clubs.

Brendoncare Club members from Gosport playing kurling
Brendoncare Club members having fun kurling in Brendoncare's Gosport Community Hub

Many members view Brendoncare as a lifeline and the face-to-face clubs offer a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for older people in the community to develop strong support networks and friendships.

The HIWCF Recovery Fund grant will support the safe reopening of the clubs in Gosport and allow members to participate in a club once again or for the very first time.

Sally Harrild, Head of Brendoncare Clubs Services, said: “It has been heart-warming to see our members coming back to clubs after some time away. Friendships are being rekindled and the measures we have put in place to keep people safe mean that people can relax and enjoy the fun.

“Thanks to this generous grant from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation we will be able to continue to reopen our face-to-face clubs in Gosport safely and give our members every opportunity to return to or join a Brendoncare Club.”

Jacqui Scott, CEO of HICWF, said: “We are delighted that the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation’s Recovery Fund has enabled Brendoncare Clubs in Gosport to reopen. The aim of the fund was to support local voluntary and community organisations working with people who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic to help them develop skills for the future.

“Because of the continuing pandemic, we know that many organisations are struggling to deliver services that are now more in need than ever. For Brendoncare Clubs, this funding enables face-to-face clubs and events to reopen, providing vital social connection, exercise and wellbeing for older people in our community.

About Brendoncare

Brendoncare Clubs is a well-established and trusted community service, offering a vital lifeline in Hampshire and Dorset, through friendship and wellbeing community clubs, online and telephone support and online clubs too. There is always a friendly, fun, relaxed and supportive environment where older people can meet other club members, make friends and develop strong peer support networks.

For more information about Brendoncare Clubs please call 01962 857099, email clubs@brendoncare.org.uk. 

About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

For more information about the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation, applying for a grant or supporting the Foundation’s work, please visit www.hiwcf.com

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