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Project information

Developing Scartho Community Hub

Scartho Community Hub is an ex authority library which Foresight now runs as a community hub. The majority of people who use and visit the hub are older people who live on their own and have become socially isolated. Our project is to develop the hub in line with the need of this particular group.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Foresight North East Lincolnshire Ltd

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  • Need


    Scartho Community Hub has over 1800 member, with the majority being older socially isolated people in many cases facing major health inequalities. Our project will reduce socially isolation by working with the community to develop activities, advice and community involvement in line with their expressed needs and wishes. Our project will enable older people to become valued members of their community, have a voice and utilise dormant skills and talent to ultimately benefit the wider community


    We will solve this problem by engaging this group in conversation, motivating and empowering them to take social action with high levels of community involvement, developing social networks and being part of something bigger than themselves. This group has lost confidence in themselves and their community and to involve them in this way will help improve their self esteem and engender confidence and trust in their community, and equip them with skills to improve the quality of their own lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To reduce the high levels of social isolation affecting older members of the local community


    » To meet with older isolated people in our community hub to facilitate consultation. and identify barriers to participation and community interaction
    » Structured consultation to establish the needs, wishes and concerns of our community members and develop mechanisms to remove identified barriers
    » Plan activities and sessions based on the consultation in line with individual needs, with agreed definite dates, frequency levels and review dates.
    » Deliver the plan with appropriate support levels in place, formal and informal feedback structures and the identification of any training required.

    What success will look like

    By the number of people involved using surveys, social impact assessment, feedback and informal interviews.

    Aim 2

    To improve opportunities and amenities at Scartho Community hub and in the local area


    » To utilise skills of the group to create opportunities for social interaction and personal development, both at the hub and in the community.
    » To improve existing amenities in line with identified community needs to create a sense of community and increase opportunities for involvement.
    » Provide a programme of activities meeting the identified individual needs, likes and requirements of older people as identified through consultation
    » Provide appropriate levels of support to each individual to ensure high quality participation and ease of access removing identified barriers

    What success will look like

    Number of activities led by this group and group attendance . The nature and impact of any changes to amenities and the reason for these.

    Aim 3

    To reduce the health inequalities facing both older and excluded members of our local community


    » Engage local health professionals to deliver weekly health based information, advice and guidance surgeries to address identified health inequalities
    » Deliver a programme of activity sessions developed specifically to address identified health inequalities and improve overall health and well-being
    » Develop a range of support mechanism to remove barriers to access ensuring people are comfortable with accessing a community based environment
    » Develop, design and make available leaflets. posters and other literature offering advice and tips on ensuring good levels of health and well-being

    What success will look like

    Numbers of people attending health related activity supported by evaluation forms, verbal and written feedback and completed quarterly surveys demonstrating health improvements.

    Aim 4

    To build the confidence and self esteem of socially isolated members of our local community


    » Form an older people’s steering group to ensure our target audience lead in design and development of all new/existing activities and opportunities
    » Develop a buddying system which involves supporting and mentoring each other to participate, interact and ultimately help to achieve project aims
    » Deliver a programme of activity sessions/workshops developed specifically to improve confidence and self-esteem ultimately improving quality of life
    » Provide opportunities that will enable community members to demonstrate and realise benefits of their enhanced levels of confidence and self esteem

    What success will look like

    Records of individual progress against baseline, new involvement in activity supported by completed evaluation forms, verbal and written feedback and completed quarterly surveys

    Aim 5

    To significantly increase volunteering opportunities for older socially isolated community members


    » Develop meaningful and accessible community based volunteering opportunities which meet the identified needs and requirements of our target audience
    » Deliver a high profile publicity and promotion strategy highlighting the benefits of community based volunteering and how to become involved
    » Work with our target audience to develop new volunteering opportunities that address our aims and provide high levels of enjoyment and satisfaction
    » Celebrate the achievements of our volunteers highlighting the benefits to the individual and those provided to our hub and the wider community

    What success will look like

    Numbers and records of new volunteering opportunities developed and made available, numbers and records of new people volunteering on a regular basis, records of volunteer hours

  • Impact


    Creating a sense of community, empowering older people to improve the quality of their lives and that of the wider community. This will be demonstrated by the number of people who continue to be involved after the year is over, and the number who continue to utilise their skills for the benefit of the wider community.


    The major risk is that people do not engage with and benefit from the project. This has been mitigated by developing a high profile publicity campaign and involving potential users in project development ensuring it meets needs and requirements. The other main risk is failure to meet project aims and achieve desired impact. This has been mitigated by involving potential service users and stakeholders in determining aims, outcomes and desired impact in line with identified needs and requirements


    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: £5,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £840 Volunteer Expenses Based on 3 volunteers per session
      £500 Admin Costs Contribution towards administration costs
      £160 Promotional Material Leaflets and flyers
      £3,500 Activity Workshops Identified activities
  • Background


    Our project is located in Scartho which is a suburb of Grimsby with a population of 8000 people. Within Scartho there are few community facilities apart from the community hub. However, there is junior and nursery schools, a health centre, three churches, two residential homes, two sheltered accommodation schemes supported by a good variety of local shops and bus links into Grimsby centre from certain locations within the ward as other areas are limited by minimal public transport provision.


    The main beneficiaries from our local community will be older people with many living alone in their own homes leading to high levels of social exclusion, and poor health as they are operating under the radar of available support provision. Although these individuals within our community are classed as asset rich they suffer significantly through being socially poor, unaware of, not eligible for or not using public sector care services and struggling to make connections in their local community

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is best placed to carry out this project as we have extensive and successful experience of similar project delivery, changing lives for the better and working with our target audience. To support this we have an excellent relationship with the local community, have a community building which the local community can identify with and regard as a safe and welcoming environment and have strong partnerships with local businesses and other community groups where our project is located

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Paul Silvester

    Our Chief Officer is a highly experienced fundraiser (15 years in this role) generating over £1.5 million of income on an annual basis

    Lynne Smith

    Lynne Smith, Older Persons Coordinator at Foresight, has years of experienced working with older isolated people within the local community.

    Mark Ireland

    Mark Ireland, PCSO, has helped on numerous times, supporting fund raising events at Scartho Community Hub and at other events within the community.

    Cllr Ron Shepperd

    Cllr Ron Shepperd, previously mayor of N.E. Lincs, continues to raise money and supports fund raising events within the Scartho community.