The “Good Neighbours” scheme is an exciting new initiative developed by local churches (via Hope Coventry and Together for Change) in partnership with Age UK Coventry (AUKC) to improve health and wellbeing amongst older people. Working collaboratively, faith organisations and AUKC are seeking to engage with isolated and lonely older people by developing existing social networks and using existing community resources to enable residents to help each other. This could take the form of group activities, 1:1 befriending support, or low level practical assistance.
The project will increase the range of friendship opportunities and activities available for older people within Coventry, as well as significantly increasing reach to isolated and / or lonely older people to help them engage with their communities and maintain their independence.
Any churches or faith based organisations looking to start an older people outreach project can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to get started (follow this link to download the grant application form - http://www.dioceseofcoventry.org/TFC/TFCFunding). For more information on this or just the Good Neighbours project in general, please contact Jessica Day-Pollard on firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Lapworth on email@example.com and they will get in touch with you.
Good Neighbours Projects already funded:
We are delighted to announce that we have already provided funding for Limbrick Wood Baptist Church and St. Mary's Church Walsgrave for their projects with older people. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are currently running an older people's outreach or thinking of starting up a new one.... we can supply you with the funding!