Community Champions – success at Big Lottery Fund

Today we can announce that VASL has been awarded an amazing half a million pounds  from the big lottery fund  to change the lives of our local area by investing in our Community Champions project pilot and funding it for the next five years.  That is beyond fabulous!VASL IMAGE LINDA VOLUNTEER AND ZALIE

You may have seen on the news over the weekend all the various events that celebrated MP Jo Cox’s life.  One of her prime concerns, as is ours, is loneliness suffered by our older population.  Being lonely affects your health and reduces your quality of life.  We shouldn’t have so many people that feel that way.  Harborough has the highest ageing population in the county.  It is a problem that will get worse without people like The Big Lottery Fund acknowledging our work, its successes and being prepared to invest in it.VASL IMAGE GROUP CONVERSATION

VASL Community Champions was set up to combat loneliness in Harborough District amongst the over 60’s.  We spent a lot of time, research and money in developing this project, because we believed in it; offering lots of ways for the isolated to re-connect with their community.  We are so proud of what we have achieved.

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It has taken a lot of work.  With today’s austerity climate, funding for this sort of project is so difficult to find.  We are thrilled today to announce that we have been awarded FIVE YEARS funding from The Big Lottery  Reaching Communities Fund to enable us to continue this important work.

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No-one should have to spend weeks without talking to someone.  No-one should feel that they are a burden.  Community Champions gives people so many ways to change their lives for the better.  We have volunteers that will visit people and work out what could help them.  We have Digipals volunteers helping people understand the digital world and what it can do for them to help them do things like shopping, advice, contact councils or Skype relatives or look up people they haven’t seen in a long time.  So many devices are only available on line these days and if you don’t know how to connect to that world – yo are snookered.  We are changing lives.

We thank The Big Lottery Fund from our hearts for allowing us to inject such a substantial sum into our area for five years. It is truly going to make such a huge difference to people’s lives. We are so excited about it. Have a look at our Community Champions pages to see what work we are doing.  Do you want to volunteer or do you know of someone that could benefit from our service?

Call – 01858 439 262
Fax – 01858 410047
Email – champions@vasl.org.uk

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