Seasonal Loneliness Fund

The Time to Shine Seasonal Loneliness Fund (managed by Leeds Community Foundation) has been established to encourage the development of innovative projects to support older people in Leeds at periods that can feel particularly lonely and isolating, including Christmas, and the Summer.

The fund has been awarded to the following projects:

Caring Hands (North Leeds Medical Practice)
Caring Hands will run three group sessions during the festive period, on 23, 27 and 30 December. They will provide seasonal refreshments, and juice and snacks at each session. On 23 December they will have cards, wrapping paper and labels available, to allow people to make cards for any ethnicity, wrap presents and make labels if they wish to do so.

Caring Together in Woodhouse and Little London
Caring Together will provide a series of summer excursions developed with the requirements of people with mobility problems in mind, and involve members and other local older people who would benefit most from this with particular regard to observed or perceived levels of, or, susceptibilities to loneliness and isolation. They will also recruit, induct and train a cohort of local student volunteers to provide assistance on these trips.

Community Impact UK
Community Impact will make contributions to Christmas celebrations from 26 December 2019 to 01 January 2020, with a festive dinner, festive activities, stalls for local businesses, entertainment and community forums over the seven day period.

D Dance Theatre
D Dance will hold a Summer event to invite local people of all ages (with a focus on our over 50s) to enjoy dance, crafts, culture and music, accompanied with afternoon tea, to alleviate loneliness and encourage people to build local social networks.

The DAMASQ project aims to engage with seniors who live in the multicultural area of Burmantofts and share their stories and do a piece of wood hand craft, a crocheting or a drawing, talk about the country while sharing a freshly cooked meal thanking to the fare share donated food. DAMASQ supports refugees start their life in Leeds, helping them to develop their skills and confidence and settle independently in the city. They run activities for refugees and seniors together to allow faster integration and break down barriers within the community.

Feel Good Factor
'Together' will enable older isolated members of the BME communities to come together for a weekend away in the spring and summer at Northern College (residential adult education). They will also involve members to plan and deliver an inter-generational party in between Christmas and New Year, which can be a lonely and a very isolated time for many older people.

Leeds Jewish Welfare Boa
This project brings light into the lives of older people in our community who are socially isolated or lonely by providing the opportunity to celebrate Chanukah - a public festival of light - intergenerationally, and build connections over early 2020 culminating in summer activities.

Little London Arts
Little London Arts will organise a series of visits for older people aged 50+, bringing people together to experience different places for shared interest, mutual support and social benefits, leading to increased confidence and capacity to engage in regular activity together.

Middleton Elderly Aid
Middleton Elderly Aid will provide a range of activities during the Christmas 2019 period (and a seaside trip August 2020), in addition to their usual seasonal activities which include the opportunity for a Christmas dinner at one of four lunch clubs the week before Christmas, a Christmas Party, Christmas Fair and December minibus trip to Warrington Market for Christmas shopping.

MAECare (Moor Allerton Elderly Care)
MAECare will offer additional seasonal activities to reduce the impact of loneliness over the festive season and summer holidays.

Pudsey Live At Home Scheme (MHA)

'Seaside at Home' will bring the sights, sounds, touch, taste and smell of the seaside to Pudsey, for their most vulnerable members who are unable to access transport and travel long distances.

South Leeds Live at Home Scheme (MHA)
South Leeds Live at Home will organise a day trip to the seaside town of Bridlington for 90 older people in the community, who wouldn't otherwise get a chance to go to the seaside. Including coach travel and fish and chips lunch.

South Leeds Team Ministry
South Leeds Team MInistry will organise a summer holiday at home for people who are unable to participate in a traditional holiday. They will provide fun, games, meals and lots of enjoyment in August 2020, at a time when older people are often more alone as families are participating in holidays and providing child care for school children.

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