A community project aimed at helping over 50s battle with isolation in one of the most deprived areas of the country has received a game changing cash boost.
Seven community projects across the city, ranging from arts events to emotional therapy, have been awarded nearly £260,000 of National Lottery funding.
Appointment Buddies, run by Getting Heard, will receive the biggest share of cash of all the projects involved.
The Barton-based project has been handed just under £204,000 to empower 240 socially isolated residents aged over 50 to gain better access to healthcare services and improve their wellbeing.
A team of specially trained volunteer ‘appointment buddies’ will partner up with isolated residents to build a trusting relationship and explore health issues they face.
Barton is in the top 20 per cent most deprived neighbourhoods in England – average life expectancy for a man living in Barton is 10 years lower than for a man living five and a half miles away in north Oxford.
This project aims to tackle these health inequalities.
Chief executive Lynn Mars said: “This is very welcome news and will make a real difference to the local community and to the people we support.
“Thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to work closely with Barton residents, building strong relationships and helping to combat social isolation amongst older people.
“The Appointment Buddies partnership is looking forward to working closely with the community to ensure that we deliver a service that meets their needs.”
Visit tinyurl.com/ybrbncdm for more information on the Appointment Buddies project.
Other organisations to receive much-welcomed boosts are:
- Lake Street Playgroup – £4,450 to provide outdoor play blocks
- Blackbird Leys Adventure Playground – £8,855 to promote new community events
- Rosie’s Rainbow Fund – £9,500 to support parents/carers of seriously ill and special needs children
- Mabel Prichard School – £10,000 to build a play area for children with complex disabilities and needs
- Dovecote Voluntary Parent Committee – £10,000 on an art project
- People & Planet Student Activities – £10,000 for outreach programmes to upskill young people