About the Project
Older people have much to give: skills, experience and time: this project is about helping those who have got a bit isolated to reconnect with their local community, so rebuilding their self-confidence, improving their mental well-being, and creating a virtuous spiral as they in turn then help others. It will also reduce costly repeat visits to doctor or health-care for non-clinical support.
About the Charity
Hope in the Community is a registered charity established to provide an umbrella of support for faith and voluntary sector groups who are seeking to regenerate the communities within which they serve, in this case Bournemouth & Poole. In the past, the charity has supported a £60K development project to provide for an IT Centre, Library and Community facility at a chapel on the Isle of Grain; most recently they equipped and ran the Medway foodbank. The charity is now concentrating on a new project in the Bournemouth and Poole area with the aim of combining the resources, compassion and localness of the churches to “re-connect” 1000 older people back into their community so that we stop the increase in loneliness in our towns.