Project information

A Friend in Sight

To provide a befriending service for clients who are socially isolated to enable sensory impaired people to continue living in their own home independently.

Will be on-going once the project starts.

Charity information: Lincoln & Lindsey Blind Society

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  • Need

    Need

    The project will help sensory impaired people have a better quality of life, promote independence, address social isolation and help to access information. The Society will use the project to stimulate social activity by escorting users to social groups.

    Solution

    The project will reduce the rural isolation of sensory impaired people. It will strengthen the local communities and enhance participation of volunteers and the client group. Volunteers will encourage people to become socially active through the activities and facilities available within our training and resource centers and the wider community. This will build confidence and help break down the barriers to daily living.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide better chances in life for people with a sensory impairment.

    Activities

    » Help with improved access to services and opportunities to enhance their life skills.

    Success will be when we have 350 people with a sensory impairment accessing services and opportunities to enhance their life skills.


    Aim 2

    Sensory impaired people will be involved in social activities.

    Activities

    » Accompany to attend social activities in their local community to help reduce social isolation.

    Success will be when we have 200 sensory impaired people involved in social activities leading to reduced social isolation.


    Aim 3

    Sensory impaired people to undertake volunteering opportunities.

    Activities

    » Recruit volunteers with a sensory impairment.

    Success will be when we have 300 people with a sensory impairment undertaking volunteering opportunities to support their personal development.


    Aim 4

    Access to active recreation opportunities.

    Activities

    » Inform clients of community recreation opportunities and offer help to access them.

    Success will be when we have 250 people with a sensory impairment accessing active recreation opportunities resulting in health improvements.


    Aim 5

    Access to community facilities.

    Activities

    » Encourage relationship building in the local community.

    Success will be when we have 150 sensory impaired members of the community accessing community facilities leading to enhanced relationships.


  • Impact

    Impact

    Our proposal is based on the need to deliver a project that is specifically tailored to target individuals with a sensory impairment in North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, East and West Lindsey and Lincoln City, who are unfortunately denied the opportunities to address social isolation, access information and remain independent.

    This project has been developed to address the huge gaps in current provision and enhance the limited number of relevant opportunities available.

    Risk

    The project could be at risk if we do not have the correct amount of trained volunteers in place to provide the service.

    Our society already has 150 trained, experienced volunteers who have expressed an interest in volunteering for the befriending service and our recruitment of volunteers is always on going.

    The project could also be at risk from a mismatch of client and volunteer, this will be combatting by using experienced staff to assess the clients and volunteers.

    Reporting

    The outcomes will be measured through a number of mechanisms in line with our established quality systems.

    The Volunteer Co-ordinator will take responsibility for the ongoing monitoring of the project, undertaking quarterly reviews, questionnaires and evaluation visits with clients.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £306,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £186,500 Revenue costs Staffing
      £27,400 Training Training & recruitment
      £76,600 Travel Staff & volunteers
      £16,000 Overheads Utilities, stationery, computers

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Reaching Communities £240,561 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    The location of the project will be North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, East Lindsey, West Lindsey and Lincoln City.

    Beneficiaries

    The main beneficiaries of the 'A Friend in Sight' project will be sensory impaired individuals residing in North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, East and West Lindsey and Lincoln City. The majority of these individuals are 'hard to reach' and face extensive barriers to participation and community involvement with significant and pertinent issues determined by consultation including social exclusion, low esteem and confidence and discrimination from the wider community.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    we have an excellent reputation for delivering high quality services, designed and developed from start to finish in consultation with our service users. We work across all ages offering services to children, parents, adults and the elderly within our community and at all times develop our services to respond to their needs and requirements.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Volunteer Co-Ordinators

    The Volunteer Co-ordinator will provide the assessments of the clients and the matching of the volunteer with the client.

    Volunteers

    The volunteers will ensure that all of the outcomes are met with the sensory impaired clients.