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Winter Community Activities for Older People

Wintertime can be a harsh and lonely time for older people, particularly for those who live alone. By inspiring our community to care for one another we will provide companionship, friendship and fun through a programme of exciting activities and trips.

December 2018 - April 2019

Charity information: Rotherfield St Martin

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  • Need


    Older people are particularly vulnerable to social isolation and loneliness owing to loss of friends and family, mobility or income. Some older people find it hard to communicate because of physical factors such as suffering from a stroke, dementia, hearing loss or limited physical ability.

    Social isolation and loneliness have a detrimental effect on health and wellbeing, increasing the risk of premature death and developing alzheimers.


    We actively reach out to older members of our community and introduce them to new activities and social relationships. We offer a daily programme of activities that includes trips out, social gatherings, learning new skills, clubs, exercise classes, therapies, signposting, befriending, a volunteer driver’s scheme and more. We are open every weekday to welcome in older people in and to encourage their participation in any of our activities and trips to enhance life and reduce isolation.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reduce isolation and loneliness at the loneliest time of year through community social connectivity


    » A Christmas party with entertainment
    » To encourage older people to continue to come to the community centre which is open 5 days a week. Monday at the village hall - talks, coffee & cake
    » Two community carol services with live crib and music
    » Christmas shopping trip

    What success will look like

    By how many older people attend the winter activities.We want to increase our regular older people attendance by 25%

  • Impact


    More older people will attend community activities/events and feel welcome all year round.

    We offer support and encouragement, freedom and intellectual diversions and a life free from daytime TV’

    To bring the community together, caring for older people who are struggling to cope with the changes that old age can bring.

    We expect to see tangible improvements to or a maintenance of the healthy and well being of our beneficiaries. We collect this evidence through participant reported feedback


    Transport is a concern for older people living in isolation. We will provide suitable transport to and from activities and volunteers will collect and return older people wishing to attend.
    If we do not meet our target we will offer a reduced programme of events and activities.


    We will use social media to report on events held, personal thank you letters will be sent to donors if contact details provided, articles in local publications and host a volunteer and donor thank you event later in the year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,000 Winter activities Holding winter activities
      £1,000 Transport Transport - mini bus/coach hire
  • Background


    Rotherfield is a village and civil parish in the Wealden District of East Sussex. It is one of the largest parishes in East Sussex. The River Rother, which drains much of the county and discharges at Rye Harbour, has its source on the south side of the hill on which Rotherfield village is built.

    Rotherfield has a higher than average number of older residents with over 25% of the local population being 65 and over with an anticipated increase of 35% by 2030. There is a lack of infra structure


    Older people in the Rotherfield area and immediate villages. Older people that live in isolation and are lonely or who simply wish to be part of their community. Everyone is welcome.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We consulted with the very people we help, a questionnaire was given and we asked whether we are meeting their needs, what else we could do and have we got it right. We have learnt from our work, to ask the older people more frequently what else we can do and how can we improve our services. This has given us better results and a wider programme and engaged older people further afield from rural areas.

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    The reason I am a volunteer of Rotherfield St Martin is that I can see the help and support it gives to so many people.

    Kristie Wilkinson - Staff

    Kristie will co ordinate all transport and activities.

    Liz Hiles - Staff

    Liz will ensure that all winter activities are dementia friendly.

    Mike Baldwin - Volunteer

    Mike will head our social marketing campaign