Groups for older people bag financial support
30 October 2020
A support hub for older people in Bristol and a befriending scheme for people affected by long-term health conditions in Stroud have received £1,000 donations.
Age UK Bristol and Creative Sustainability CIC are the latest groups to benefit from Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions programme.
Each month the housebuilder chooses two groups in each of its 31 operating areas to receive grants of up to £1,000 – a total of up to £62,000 every month, and £744,000 every year.
Age UK Bristol, based on Victoria Street, is leading on a Support Hub for older people. The Support Hub is a partnership of 30 local organisations working to support older people through the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.
Creative Sustainability CIC, meanwhile, runs a peer befriending scheme for people affected by long-term health conditions - primarily older people affected by strokes and dementia.J<
Jen DeKalb-Poyer, of Age UK Bristol, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes for this tremendous donation.
“We support people with practical issues and run a befriending service. We currently have 16 telephone groups with seven different partner organisations. We reach 400 callers a month to keep them connected, informed and social.
“A £1,000 donation will cover the cost of the telephone meeting software for two months. This will help to reduce loneliness and isolation for the most vulnerable older people in Bristol.”
Coryn Memory, of Creative Sustainability CIC, said: “Our volunteer befrienders are all affected themselves with long-term health conditions and therefore have a deep understanding of living with a condition.
“They are trained and supported to visit people in hospital stroke units, at home and run groups. During lockdown they’ve been phoning and writing but demand increased hugely and many people are still very isolated.
“We need to find new befrienders and we are hoping to produce an animated film to do this, costing around £6,000.
“This generous donation is a huge step towards that.”
Carly Spear, sales director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “The Covid-19 crisis has left vulnerable people in the community feeling isolated and confused.“People need services like these to keep in touch with the community and to keep their minds active. We’re proud to be able to help with these donations.”
Persimmon is currently selling stunning new-build homes in both Gloucester and Bristol.
To arrange an appointment, call 01275 396000 or visit www.persimmonhomes.com Visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity to apply for Community Champions funding.