Local philanthropy advisers the Community Foundation for Calderdale have today announced the introduction of a £150,000 two-year funding programme. The funding is available to community groups and charities in Calderdale who are working to combat the isolation of older people locally.

156_cffc__mar_17Steve Duncan CEO of the Community Foundation said “Tackling the isolation of older citizens across the borough has been high on the funding agenda of the Community Foundation for quite some time. So it is fantastic that now, thanks to a very generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous, and the Hall Benevolent Trust, we can announce this fund and make a difference locally”.

In developing this fund, the Community Foundation arranged a consultation event, which was attended by representatives of Public, Private and Voluntary Sector organisations who work with or represent older people in the area. Attendees were asked to discuss a series of questions the answers to which would help frame the priorities and criteria of the Fund.

The results of this consultation have been the basis of the fund priorities which the Community Foundation have allocated £40,000 for community transport and access initiatives, £40,000 to develop existing and new befriending/good neighbour’s schemes, £20,000 towards network and partnership support. And a Micro-commissioning fund of £50,000 for three area-based user led groups.

The Community Foundation is hopeful that they will attract a further £20,000 from a charitable donor which will be made available to the programme.

172_cffc__mar_17Rob Billson Grants Manager at the Community Foundation said “There is a clear need for this funding in Calderdale, our Vital Signs research revealed over 24,000 residents in Calderdale are frequently experiencing isolation or loneliness.

As we know loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: research shows that lacking social connections is as damaging to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Social networks and friendships not only have an impact on reducing the risk of mortality or developing certain diseases, but they also help individuals to recover when they do fall ill”.

Applications are invited via the website www.cffc.co.uk/portfolio/isolation/



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