Around 7,000 of East Lindsey’s most socially isolated older people are to benefit from almost £2.7 million from the Big Lottery Fund.
Community Lincs will lead a partnership of East Lindsey based voluntary, public and private community organisations to support socially isolated older people over the next six years.
The partnership was awarded £2,696,388 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Ageing Better programme at Lady B’s Cupcakery in Mablethorpe on Thursday September 4.
It will support around 7,000 isolated older people by arranging social activities and events such as Sing for your Supper, Fish and Chips Friday, and a Sunday pub lunch.
The scheme will support people across the East Lindsey district including people in Louth, Mablethorpe and Alford.
A ‘badge of trust’ scheme will be created to help older people guarantee an activity or service will be age friendly. A network of local groups and activities will be created to assist older people, especially if they have sensory or mobility issues.
Community Lincs will also recruit older people as ‘volunteer navigators’ who will help their fellow peers with advice on group activities available locally. If an older person is physically unable to leave their home, the navigator can look at options to bring social connections to their home through technology such as Skype or arranging for friends to visit.
Fiona White, Chief Executive of Community Lincs, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a £2,696,388 Big Lottery Fund Ageing Better grant to help the most vulnerable and isolated older people in East Lindsey.
“The research that we conducted found that isolation of older people is further intensified in a rural location like ours, where public transport is virtually non-existent and communities are miles from each other.
“We also found that the opportunity to come together to have a chat, share a meal and make new friends would be really appreciated by nearly everybody we asked.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity and we are thrilled to be one of the fifteen lucky areas selected across the country.”
East Lindsey is one of 15 partnerships in England sharing £82 million from Ageing Better investment from summer 2015.