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Project information

Surviving Winter - Northamptonshire

The Surviving Winter appeal aims to save lives and help isolated and vulnerable elderly people.
The winter can be one of the hardest seasons to get through for the most vulnerable in our community due to social isolation and the cold. Every penny raised will be passed to those in greatest need.

October 2018 - March 2019

Charity information: Northamptonshire Community Foundation

Northamptonshire Community Foundation logo
  • Need


    Our recent Hidden Needs research reports that the highest area of population growth in our county is people aged 65 & over, accounting for 17.3% of the population. With many of these people living alone, & with concerns over social isolation & the cold over the winter months, promoting independent living by supporting individuals to keep warm, safe & secure is paramount.

    Winter deaths from causes directly linked to the cold & poor living conditions in this, the 21st century, are preventable.


    We aim to work to reduce the number of social isolated and vulnerable elderly people in Northamptonshire who die from the cold and poor living conditions to 0.

    Funds raised will be distributed directly to individuals as well as local organisations dedicated to helping the elderly and vulnerable within our county. From provision of ‘Keep Warm ‘ packs , to hot meals and social activities at local centres are but a few examples of ways funding raised will help towards solving this problem.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To keep elderly people warm and well during the winter months


    » We will find local community groups who work with elderly people to provide grants for heating and support to make their homes more energy efficient.

    What success will look like

    An impact report evidencing how many people have been helped will be available at the end of the campaign.

    Aim 2

    To reduce social isolation in Northamptonshire


    » We will provide funding to community groups to help them organise social events for the elderly.

    What success will look like

    An impact report evidencing how many people have been helped will be available at the end of the campaign.

  • Impact


    The project will reduce fuel poverty and social isolation in Northamptonshire. This will be demonstrated through the work we will do with our partners throughout the campaign.

    A detailed impact report highlighting the successes of the campaign will be available from March 2019.


    The biggest risk is the weather. If we have a mild winter it can effect how much people give to the campaign.

    At the event of a mild winter, the campaign will focus more on social isolation and will encourage donors to give to community projects rather than warm and well projects.


    We will provide an impact report listing the successes of the campaign during spring 2019.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £8,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £100 marketing Social media and website promotion, and donor e-newsletter
      £250 admin Campaign literature, advertisement and letters to key donors asking for support
      £1,275 outreach outreach & packs to ensure older people including those with disabilities are warm, safe & secure
      £1,275 friendship group friendship group for older people providing transport, lunch and activities plus support
      £1,275 Activities & exercise activities and exercise for Asian elders in East Northampton
      £1,275 befriending service befriending, lunch and activities support to older people who wish to live on their own
      £1,275 targeted work targeted work to keep older people warm and well
      £1,275 support support for elderly people and adults with disabilities who wish to live in their own homes
  • Background


    The campaign takes place across Northamptonshire.

    Research estimates that 1320 older people aged 65-74 live alone in Northamptonshire. Given that a high proportion of older people live alone in the county, & the concerns over increased isolation, promoting independent living by supporting individuals to keep warm, safe & secure is key.

    We will work with local community groups working with the elderly to provide them with the support they need to reduce fuel poverty & social isolation.


    Socially isolated and vulnerable elderly people across Northamptonshire.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    As the leading independent grant giving charity in Northamptonshire, we can ensure that all donations are spent on the groups that are tackling these hard hitting issues.

    We will use our recently commissioned Hidden Needs research, and previous research and local knowledge to ensure that the most in need will be reached.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rachel Cooke

    Rachel's role will be to generate income for the campaign.

    Rachel McGrath

    Rachel will be responsible for assessing applications made to the Foundation and then awarding grants to groups working with the elderly.

    Anthony Brinklow

    Anthony will be assisting Rachel with grant applications.

    Jorden Heffernen

    Jorden will be providing the marketing and PR for the campaign.