FUNDING AVAILABLE TO HELP OLDER PEOPLE REMAIN ACTIVE AND CONNECTED

Funding is available to help older people remain active and stay connected through the Active Living Programme. The programme provides community groups and local charities that promote and help older people in their community, to remain physically and mentally active in later life, with grants of up to £2,000 awarded to grass roots community groups. The grants have been made available by the Public Health team at Somerset County Council and the application process is administered by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF). The deadline for grant applications is Monday October 21st.

Kirsty Campbell, Programme Manager at SCF said: “Groups and organisations interested in applying should be active in their community, providing and promoting opportunities for older people in Somerset to be more physically active, less isolated and lonely, more independent and better informed of health and well-being information and advice. We especially welcome applications for new and innovative project proposals, which could achieve these outcomes but please hurry – there’s not long left to apply.”

In the last few months, eighteen groups have been awarded grants totalling over £23,000. These include the Henhayes Centre in Crewkerne, who run weekly groups and activities for people over 55, promoting companionship, camaraderie and fun. The fore-runners of these being the Monday Memory Group and Tuesday Welcome Group. Other community centres and friendship clubs who have received Active Living Awards include those based in Yeovil, Curry Rivel, Curry Mallet, Highbridge, Street, Nether Stowey, Frome, Taunton, Wiveliscombe and Wellington. To find out more about the Active Living Programme and how to apply, please visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/active or call Kirsty on 01749 344949.

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