We operate in a rural area with an ageing demographic where people who become less independently mobile struggle to maintain an active and full life. It is well known that social isolation and loneliness can have a detrimental effect on both our physical and mental health. In rural areas such as ours, there are fewer places to meet and for older people without transport, the opportunities to socialise can be very limited.
Can you help us to raise the additional £2,200 needed to ensure that our volunteer hub can continue to operate for another year?
Ash-worth Time Bank has been very fortunate in the past to receive funding to set up social groups and activity groups so that older people have opportunities to socialise locally. Over 150 older people now regularly attend our groups, activities and events and we record an average of over 600 attendance hours in a one month period. Our volunteers regularly keep in touch with other members and offer lifts, deliver shopping, walk dogs, collect prescriptions, mow lawns, help with small DIY tasks and generally look out for other members in their community.
We are developing a new organisational model in order to support volunteers to run groups and activities, rather than running everything from a central office. Not only will this be more cost effective, but we anticipate that it will encourage members of the community to become more actively involved.
Recent fundraising events have included a Grand Raffle and Afternoon Tea and a Fundraising Walk. Our members are currently selling crafts and are organising a Christmas Disco. Other members in our community have recently decided to organise a Fashion Show to raise funds We have already raised almost £2000 and expect to raise another £1000 over the year.
Handmade Christmas Tree Decorations to be won!