RBS Community Force aims to help charities across Scotland with projects and initiatives that support local communities and people. This year some of Age Scotland’s member groups have applied for funding.
The projects with the most votes on the RBS Community Force website will be given a £6,000 grant. We wanted to showcase some of the projects of Age Scotland’s member groups, and give you the opportunity to vote for your favourite projects.
If a group was to receive £6,000 funding this would make an enormous difference! So, without further ado, here are some of the projects throughout Scotland that need your vote.
Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR)
ROAR is a consortium of voluntary sector providers that offer services to people over the age of 55 in Renfrewshire. Their remit is specifically focused on older people who face isolation or another type of disadvantage within their community. Watch a video about the scheme.
If ROAR was to win £6,000 funding, they’d spend the money on increasing volunteers and members.
Glenboig Neighbourhood House
Based in Coatbridge, Glenboig Neighbourhood House helps older people live independently in their own homes and be active in their local community. They do this through providing a wide range of services and activities, such as carpet bowls, crafts, chair aerobics, theatre dinners, healthy lunch club, carers’ support, gardening and handyman services, winter emergency service, respite breaks and home safety initiatives.
A £6,000 funding boost would allow this project to extend their gardening and handyman services, thus ensuring that there was a robust emergency winter service in place.
Cowal Elderly Befrienders
Cowal Befriending Scheme, based in Dunoon, provides a range of befriending services designed to reduce isolation and loneliness, and to keep older people independent and active in the communities they helped create.
A £6,000 injection would part-fund the Out and About service the group provides (you can see how important it is in the video above). The grant would give at least 30 older people the opportunity of a weekly outing, for a whole year.
Stornoway Old Peoples Welfare Association
This project, based on the Isle of Lewis, gives older people the chance to get together through dinners, afternoon teas and other social events and entertainment. The project helps older people who would otherwise be alone and isolated.
A £6,000 pot of money would allow the Association to completely refurbish their kitchen, as well as fix windows and give their building a much needed lick of paint.
Laurandy Day Care Centre
Based in Wick, the centre caters for older people with health and mobility issues. The project provides daily help on a range of issues affecting older people’s ability to live at home, including food, personal care, transport and activities.
Funding would enable the centre to provide art activities and exercise classes for the people that use the service.
Helping local projects in Scotland
We think that the projects above are vital for older people in their local area. If you can help spread the word about these fantastic groups then it would be very much appreciated by the people that use these services. Perhaps you could even help share this message by using the Facebook and Twitter buttons at the bottom of the post!
The fund closes on Sunday 23rd October, and you can vote three times (although each vote must be for a different project). We want these brilliant services to receive a much-needed boost from the initiative, so hopefully we can make this happen with your help!