Live at home, lunch with friends

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under News, On your estate - our Community Fund.

TGHC_Community_Fund_Chopwell_and_Blackhall_Mill_Live_at_Home_Scheme_013A lunch club for older residents in West Gateshead has been “fed” a boost, thanks to The Gateshead Housing Company and its partners.

Chopwell and Blackhall Mill Live at Home Scheme asked for help towards the cost of running a fortnightly lunch club for its members. Hearing that the scheme helps older people to live independently and be part of the local community, the Housing Company was keen to help.

The scheme seeks to encourage and enable older people to remain in their own homes for as long as they wish and are able to do so, as well as combatting isolation and involving people in their local community.

The Live at Home Scheme has links with Age UK Gateshead, Gateshead Carers Association and local sheltered housing wardens.

The organisation received a grant of £4,794 from The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland. The money will enable the group to run its sessions for a year and to provide transport for people who need assistance to attend.

Jocelyn Snowball, Estate Officer for The Gateshead Housing Company, said: “We were delighted to help, as we are always keen to improve the health and wellbeing of older people.”

And Scheme Manager Lindsay Burns added: “Most members of the group live alone and they get a real benefit from sharing a meal with friends, both in terms of self-esteem and mental and physical wellbeing.

“The scheme has also created opportunities for local people to volunteer, receive training and gain experience, bringing the whole community together.”

As well as the lunch club, Chopwell and Blackhall Mill Live at Home Scheme provides one-to-one befriending visits, events, outings, advocacy, lunch clubs, a telephone link and a men’s group. They also run a dementia cafe.

To enquire about Chopwell and Blackhall Mill Live at Home Scheme, email Lindsay Burns or call 01207 563825.

The Gateshead Housing Company Community Fund at the Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland is supported by Gateshead Council and Mears.

Since 2006, the Community Fund has awarded grants totalling more than £500,000 to more than 120 groups across Gateshead.

Read more about the fund, and apply online.

For more information, email Jon Goodwin or 0191 222 0945.

Photo: Members of the Chopwell and Blackhall Mill Live at Home Scheme with Estate Officer Jocelyn Snowball at the fortnightly lunch club.