Grant cash will be used to re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion

‘Can make such a dfif­fer­ence to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties’

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

TWO com­mu­nity groups are us­ing coun­cil grants to help re­duce so­cial iso­la­tion among older peo­ple.

Keg­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary re­ceived £240 from North West Le­ices­ter­shire District Coun­cil’s Small Grant Scheme to en­able it to buy board games, colour­ing books, crayons and pens.

This equip­ment is help­ing the li­brary to sup­port the Keg­worth com­mu­nity, host­ing bingo af­ter­noons for older resi- dents and giv­ing them the chance to meet new peo­ple.

Teresa Cur­tis, who vol­un­teers with the li­brary, said: “As a com­mu­nity li­brary, we are well aware of the so­cial iso­la­tion that some older res­i­dents may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

“Our reg­u­lar bingo af­ter­noon is one way for us to meet peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who may be at risk and give them the chance to get out, make friends and do some­thing pos­i­tive.”

Mean­while, Thring­stone Civil Ser­vice Re­tire­ment Fel­low­ship re­ceived £250 from the Coalville Spe­cial Ex­penses Com­mu­nity Chest Fund, which has meant it can hire speak­ers and pay for room hire for spe­cial events.

The char­ity is ded­i­cated to help­ing re­tired civil ser­vants, wi­d­ows, wid­ow­ers, part­ners and de­pen­dants to en­joy a bet­ter and more ful­fill­ing re­tire­ment. Its vol­un­teers or­gan­ise a range of wel­fare, vol­un­teer­ing and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

Coun Ali­son Smith, deputy leader and port­fo­lio holder for com­mu­nity ser­vices at the district coun­cil, said: “The var­i­ous small grants that we of­fer can make such a dif­fer­ence to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“It’s good to see them be­ing used in ways that bring peo­ple to­gether and help pro­vide sup­port. Things like equip­ment and room hire might seem small, but pulling to­gether the fund­ing for these things can some­times be the stum­bling block to them hap­pen­ing at all.

“I hope these sto­ries en­cour­age other groups to ap­ply for grants that can help them make a pos­i­tive im­pact in our district.”

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