Project information

Weekly Social Club

To combat isolation & loneliness, each week 50 older people attend our weekly social club. For those that live in isolated areas we arrange transport & for some it's the only time they are able to get out and meet people. It is an afternoon of fun, warmth, entertainment, friendship & cake.

This will be an ongoing service

Charity information: Rotherfield St Martin

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  • Need

    Need

    Our rural community is affected by cuts in local transport links and reduced access to services. The service will tackle social isolation and loneliness in older people within our Parish.


    Solution

    By providing a volunteer-led social club, we are able to encourage our older community to engage in social, leisure and community activities. By taking a holistic approach, our members feel valued and part of their community, whilst living at home independently for as long as possible. The weekly social club gives an activity to look forward to each week, and for many, is the only time they may leave the house and interact with others.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create a community that cares - we have proved that a community-led solution works.

    Activities

    » We provide community led activities such as healthy living, exercise, regular speakers, outings and the RSM Centre is open daily.

    By recruiting more volunteers to help deliver our programme and continue to meet the needs of our members


  • Impact

    Impact

    We hope to reach more people in our community that are isolated and experience loneliness. We hope to work in partnership with the GP practices and other referral channels. In conjunction with our Befriending service and volunteer driving scheme to bring more people in the community, who maybe confined to their homes, out to social activities.

    Risk

    Insufficient volunteers or insufficient entertainers/talkers. We cannot foresee this happening.

    Reporting

    We will personally contact donors, invite them to visit our social club and centre, thank on our website, keep informed through newsletters, social media with permission.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,500

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 part time salary part time salary year 1
      £500 N.I. National Insurance
  • Background

    Location

    We are based in Rotherfield, East Sussex in the heart of the village. The project will be based in the RSM Centre, Rotherfield. The RSM Centre is open to all Monday 10-12noon, Tuesday-Friday 10-4pm with a 1hour lunch break. Monday afternoon we hire the Village Hall and offer a variety of talks and entertainment with coffee and homemade cake.

    Beneficiaries

    Older people in the local community and the surrounding areas.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the last ten years, we have proved it is possible to find community-led solutions to supporting the needs of a growing elderly population. We are redefining care for the elderly; proving that hands on and sustained support can be delivered cost efficiently and professionally by the community itself.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.

    People

    Rachael Wood

    CEO

    Vicky Cheeseman

    Charity Coordinator