The Generation Project is delighted to announce they have secured an NHS grant to help them continue working with the elderly across the Wythenshawe area.
The project, based at Wythenshawe Community Housing Group’s Bowland Road office, helps to reduce social isolation and loneliness and the grant will help see the creation of a coordination role to help ensure that the Wythenshawe Good Neighbours programme can continue for another 18 months.
To secure the funding, the group had to go through a rigorous application process via the South Manchester NHS, but the success will now mean that the ‘Wythenshawe Good Neighbour’ strand of the project – which involves volunteers visiting the elderly in their homes to offer companionship, will continue to thrive and find new platforms around Wythenshawe for social and creative activity.
The Generation Project Manager Marie Greenhalgh, who has recently been nominated for a Spirit of Manchester award, in the community wellbeing category, said, “ We are over the moon at receiving this fantastic news! The grant will be a huge help in reducing social isolation across Wythenshawe and help us to continue to hold social events in the area. We will continue to work with and strengthen our relationships with our existing venues at The Courtyard Café in Wythenshawe Park, The Moorside Meeting Rooms at Robert Owen Gardens in Northenden and the community coffee morning at the Firbank Pub in Newall Green.
We know, through our feasibility study, that providing befriending, companionship and opportunities to socialise are a priority in Wythenshawe and we receive a huge amount of daily referrals from a whole range of different agencies, from The Housing Group to local GPs, the neighbourhood health team and self-referrals. This grant will give the project breathing space to help fund raise and make further grant applications to work towards embedding the project in the community for the future”
The project aims to recruit more than 30 new volunteers to help develop their work further and if you would like more information or to get involved then please contact Marie Greenhalgh on 07875286866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Website - www.wythenshawegoodneighbours.org.uk
Twitter - @TheGPprojects