About the Project
A healthy community is inclusive for everyone and FDM seeks to promote this and address the inequalities of older age and frailty by creating accessible social activities for older people in our area. In 2017 we will provide a minimum of 5 activities a month which will give people a door to door service for activities such as visiting the theatre, cinema, museums and places of interest. We will also create opportunities for sharing a meal to encourage friendships and informal support networks to develop. We work with many partners and older peoples networks in the locality and citywide to reach out and advertise to as many people in need as possible. We strive to keep costs low however we still have to subsidise our services to ensure they remain affordable to the majority of our members.
About the Charity
FDM is based in Rothwell and was created in 1997 to provide opportunities for older and less able people to engage with the wider community in the areas of South Leeds (LS10, LS11, LS25, LS26, LS27 and WF3). We have 1 P/T member of staff but otherwise rely on volunteers, grants and fundraising to support our services. The scheme owns 2 disability adapted minibuses driven by volunteer drivers, operates a Social Club with 290 members and works in partnership with other local groups to offer outings and social events by means of a door to door service. Consultations with our members show a high level of satisfaction with our service and that people who feel isolated and excluded are able to once again make friends, become less lonely and as a result improve their physical and mental health.