Foundation receives £10,000 Lottery funding to tackle social isolation.
AFC Fylde Community Foundation have received £9,750 of Lottery funding to run a new life-changing initiative aimed at reducing social isolation.
In responding to the pandemic, the charitable arm of AFC Fylde Football Club recognised there was an urgent need in the community for one-to-one support for vulnerable people over the age of 65 years.
Throughout lockdown, the Foundation have continued to work closely with a range of public, community and voluntary sector organisations providing vital support to those in need. Feedback received stressed the importance of continuing to provide this invaluable lifeline.
The Lottery funded project aims to work with a minimum of 50 people during the next six months, delivering a range of activities to tackle loneliness and social isolation. The activities will encourage and enable participants to meet new people, socialise, and live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
The support will include phone calls to establish a relationship with individuals, home visits that will include a short walk close to the person’s place of residence and also encourage and assist with accessing activities being delivered in the local community.
Newly appointed Foundation Director, Wesley Partington says the Lottery funding will make an enormous impact on the lives of the vulnerable. He said: “In my short time at the Foundation, I have become aware of the critical importance of work surrounding social isolation in the community.
“This Lottery funding is crucial to our organisation being able to deliver such vital support. It means we will be able to work closely with those most in need during the next six months and I’m confident the programme will prove a lifeline for many people living across the Fylde Coast.”
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If you or someone you know are feeling lonely or isolated and would like support from the Foundation then please get in touch by calling 01772 588856 or email email@example.com.