Emsworth community project wins £50,000 of lottery money

Community First has expressed its thanks after public votes secured the funds needed for a new initiative.

Monday, 18th April 2016, 10:18 am
Updated Monday, 18th April 2016, 11:20 am
Community First's new initiative, Silver Linings

Silver Linings will focus on helping older people across Havant Borough to remain independent and socially engaged.

The innovative ‘day opportunity’ will be based at Hewitt’s in Emsworth.

Wendy Shone, Silver Linings Coordinator said: “Silver Linings will give older people a few hours here doing lots of fun activities in the company of others and also the chance to have a wonderfully nutritious lunch. What more could you ask for?

“It is a wonderful example of how communities can support each other and everyone can see how people with their own challenges in their lives can positively benefit others.”

This latest offering will continue Community First’s work to break the cycle of loneliness.

Mrs Shone explained: “Through our flourishing partnership with ‘The Right to Work’, a Community Interest Company, we already run an inspirational community café for older people in Emsworth.

“However, we know that older people need more than just a lunch. They need and benefit hugely from the opportunity to spend a few hours in the company of others.

“Silver Linings will provide this with a range of stimulating activities including arts and crafts, reminiscence, fun games and quizzes, entertainment and trips out and about.

“We would like older people to share their lifetime skills with others and have the opportunity to learn new things. Along with gentle exercise and information about healthy living, we hope these activities will ensure they get the most out of life.”

Community First was one of five groups competing for Big Lottery People’s Project money in the Meridian West region.