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Project information

Disabled/older people in the community

Access to an allotment which will help disabled/older people with......

* isolation
* look forward making and meeting friends
*have a purpose in life,a reason to get involved
* let the family carers have a rest from caring so they can carer for longer
* 65% of our beneficiaries are over 55

On going

Charity information: good companions bolton

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  • Need


    The problems we have in Bolton are that.....

    *that disabled/older people centres are shutting due to the council saving money and there is nothing replacing them so the disabled/older people end up staying at home.

    *the luncheon clubs and social clubs are shutting as well as the funding which use to be there as gone

    *feeling isolated and feeling nobody cares

    *the family carers feeling run down as not having a break from caring and feeling they have no where to turn to


    We have an allotment where we will have activities for the over 50s…..

    *Planting,sowing,growing,harvesting food. *growing flowers to make hanging baskets

    *cooking with the food what has been grown,eating it and take it home *trips out to garden centres etc

    *we also have therapy geese where sessions with them will leave disabled/older people with less stress and calm/happy

    - we will have on the allotment young people who do their work experience/volunteer to help out to make this a success

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    For the disabled/older people to have less isolation and to be part of the community


    » We have an allotment where we will... *Planting,sowing,growing,harvesting food. *growing flowers to make hanging baskets
    » cooking with the food what the disabled/older people have been growning ,eating it and take it home
    » e also have therapy geese where sessions with them will leave them with less stress and enjoy/happy

    What success will look like

    success will be when .....

    *more than 50 disabled/older people have less isolation and be more a part of the community and be active in the running of the project.

    Aim 2

    For disabled/older people to have a social life with friends and meet new friends


    » Going on day trips to..... *blackpool,clevelys,Wales,zoo,shows etc
    » Going round and about Bolton..... *shopping,pictures,bowling,meal out, visiting house bound disabled/older people etc
    » Going on short breaks,

    What success will look like

    Success will be when...

    *more than 50 disabled/older people go to the allotment and take part in the activities and meet their friends and new ones and be happy

    Aim 3

    For family carers to have support from us


    » For family carers to meet other family carers so they can meet social and have pamper bags so they can have time out from caring
    » For family carers to have the support and information that they need to carry on caring

    What success will look like

    We will be success if we .....

    *have helped more than 70 family carers to get information that they need to make their caring easier and happier.

    *to have pampering bags.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be......

    *less isolation for disabled/older people when they meet at the allotment,go on day trips etc with their new friends and encourage for them to meet outside the group as well..

    *able to have fresh grown food to lead a healthier and fitter life.

    *family carers to have a rest from caring while having the information and time out for themselves

    We shall moniter the project as we go along.


    *If disabled/older people didn't want to give us a try and don't come......

    -But we have done this on a small scale and always have a waiting list to join us.

    *if we didn't get the volunteers in

    -again we don't have that problem as we have the work experience from the job centre,collage,university,volunteer centre -Young and old -


    Donors to this project will receive a monthly email report on the project detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the project plans

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £41,900

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Session workshops Holding 150 sessions allotment
      £6,000 Transport Insurance/petrol for minibus
      £7,500 Office Office/unit
      £10,000 Outreach Short breaks/tickets etc
      £8,400 Running costs Animal food/shavings/vet phones allotment portaloo etc
  • Background


    We are in halliwell Bolton which is an area of disadvantage and poor area.

    Where the allotments is,where we have been for 8 years have in the last couple of years seen people of all ages,from young babies in prams and the older people in their nineties come on due to the fact we have therapy geese who sit on chairs and go out in the minibus where they like being taken for walks and our ducks,chickens,cats have brought everyone together.


    The people who will benefit from our project is .......

    *disabled/older people
    *family carers
    *volunteers -Young and old -
    * 65% of beneficieries are over 55

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is best placed to carry on with this project as we are....

    *a disabled/older people group which is run for the disabled/older people for the disabled/older people

    *we have been doing similar projects on a small scale and have been successful. We have been running as a group for 16 years.

    *we know what is needed as we need the same.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tracey Stirling

    Secretary. Tracey is disabled herself and has a disabled child as well so she has fitted in the group really well.

    Raymond Randall

    Chair. Raymond is blind and has been our chair for the last 14 years. He is with us nearly every day and a joy to have around.