Two Rivers helps fight loneliness
Published by Liz Reeson for Two Rivers Housing in Communities and also in Care and Support, Health, Housing
Buttington Road residents are told the good news during one of their monthly lunch clubs.
Sedbury residents are celebrating after receiving a lottery grant of just over £8,000, in a bid to fight loneliness and bring together elderly or more vulnerable people within the area.
Two Rivers Housing’s HomePlus scheme in Buttington Road has received a grant which will give the group the opportunity to start clubs and classes and to go on day trips out. The funding not only will benefit the Two Rivers tenants who live at the Scheme but it is hoped that it will encourage non-tenants in the area to join in with the activities organised and held there.
Pam Clark, Treasurer of the project group, Sedbury Circle, said: “I lived in my old house for 30 years and I was terribly lonely. After suffering a stroke four years ago, I moved here and there’s just so much going on, you don’t have a chance to get lonely. We hope that with this funding, it will encourage more people to join in with the activities we put on, including those who aren’t tenants, but might just want some company.”
The tenants have activities planned for throughout the year which includes going on railway and theatre trips, visiting a Victorian tea rooms, going on a Christmas trip as well as starting knitting and art classes, and a dinner club.
Jane Cordier, Two Rivers Housing’s Community Project Co-ordinator, who applied for the grant said: “It is all about fighting loneliness and bringing people together. The Buttington Road HomePlus Scheme has so much going on already and we want to reach out to others and encourage people within Sedbury to join in!”