Project information

Combatting loneliness for older people

‘Brendoncare Clubs’ is dedicated to improving the lives of older people in the local community through its network of 85 volunteer-led friendship clubs. The clubs offer a lifeline to lonely older people across Hampshire and Dorset, addressing the need for companionship and activities.

The clubs are ongoing

Charity information: Brendoncare Clubs

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  • Need

    Need

    Loneliness and isolation is reaching epidemic proportions for older people across the UK. Age UK estimate that around 1 million older people regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone. The experience of loneliness; the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everyone can have a devastating impact on peoples’ health and wellbeing. The Campaign to End Loneliness has likened the effects of being lonely to smoking 15 cigarettes per day.

    Solution

    Brendoncare Clubs are dedicated to supporting over 1400 older people who are at risk to loneliness during the week and at the weekend. They offer a fun and engaging range of health and wellbeing activities; from New Age Kurling, Zumba and singing to ‘Clubs in Pubs’, Cooking for 1 sessions and ‘Never too late to date’ events as examples. By breaking the cycle of loneliness, the clubs ‘bring people back into the older community’ giving the lifeline support they need.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide friendship/activity clubs for older people at risk to social isolation

    Activities

    » Volunteers to run 85 regular clubs during the week and at the weekend.
    » To offer a range of club programmes including active clubs (e.g. kurling, Tai Chi), lunch clubs and multi-activity clubs.

    Success will be based on the number of older people attending our clubs on a regular basis across Hampshire and Dorset.


  • Impact

    Impact

    •Reduced social isolation: regular social contact helps members develop strong, long-term peer support networks with other members.
    •Improved physical, mental health and wellbeing: taking part in physical and mentally stimulating activities improves confidence, fitness and mobility, reducing the likelihood of depression.
    We monitor the social impact that the clubs have on members through annual member questionnaires, consultation at our annual Club Member Forum’ and individual case-studies.

    Risk

    •Volunteers are sometimes unable to run the clubs for reasons such as sickness, holiday or for other personal reasons; we have a small team of paid part-time ‘Club Support’ staff who step in to run the clubs when this happens.
    •Recruiting club members - ensuring we reach all those that need us. Club Support staff work hard to promote the clubs to support organisations/ charities and health professionals, on the local radio and at local community events.

    Reporting

    We will provide a social impact summary with feedback from our members from our annual club member survey, consultation with members at our annual Club Member Forum and through individual case in studies.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £8,000 Venue Hire In community halls, libraries, pubs, garden centres
      £8,000 Activities Includes kurling, Tai Chi, table tennis, talks, entertainers, guest speakers, day trips
      £2,000 Volunteer expenses Travel expenses
      £2,000 Refreshments Tea, coffee and biscuits provided at the end of each club session
  • Background

    Location

    The clubs are open to anyone over 55 living in Hampshire and Dorset.

    Beneficiaries

    Our Clubs are dedicated to supporting older people who are at risk of loneliness and isolation. They reach some of the most isolated and vulnerable members of the community for reasons such as the loss of their partner or close friend, poor health, increasing frailty, financial difficulties, lack of transport or even loss of confidence. The Clubs also benefit the wider community, helping to relieve the ageing population’s increasing reliance on Health and Social Care Services.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Brendoncare Clubs has had extensive experience of developing and sustaining a network of 85 self-sustaining, volunteer-led weekday clubs over the last 12 years.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Edwin Ingleton

    Head of Brendoncare Clubs, is passionate about offering range of activities / types of club to ensure the service continues to meet the varying needs

    400 Volunteers

    Recruited from local communities, they are often older people themselves and are empathetic to club members’ needs.

    11 Club Support Staff

    They ensure volunteers are confident to run the clubs by providing ongoing training and support.