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Further funding for Community Champions Posted on Wednesday, 16 February 2022

VASL Community Champions secures a further 3 years funding from the National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF)

VASL is delighted to have secured a further 3 years of funding from the NLCF for its innovative Community Champions Project, which tackles loneliness amongst older people in Harborough District by empowering them to connect. The NLCF had previously funded the project for 5 years.

“The pandemic has widened and deepened loneliness for all age groups. We have clients waiting for volunteers who can provide regular social contact in different ways – home visits, telephone calls, emails, meeting in the community and letters. Clients are also eager to get out and socialise in groups. The Community Champions project  provides regular social outings  to local cafes, Golf Clubs and pubs. We  use the Harborough Community Buses to provide accessible transport so that people with mobility impairments can be included” reflects Rohini Corfield, VASL Community Champions Manager.

The project also offers digital support to clients at home and at monthly sessions at Market Harborough and Lutterworth libraries. It facilitates inter-generational links enabling students from local schools to have regular dialogue with older people.

“This project has really changed my life. I have met so many local people, learnt about digital connection, been to fun learning sessions, written to a pen pal/students and been to all sorts of great cafes. It is amazing!”

“We are delighted that this funding means we can carry on enabling older people to connect with others physically and online” said Maureen O’Malley, VASL Charity Manager “It is a  vote of real confidence in VASL as an effective local charity improving lives through volunteering”