Rural Development

The Community Champions Project is offered to the whole of the Harborough District which is the largest in Leicestershire and is predominantly rural.

At this stage of the project we are increasing the number of referrals from clients living in rural communities and are recruiting more volunteers that can offer their time as befrienders. We are developing ways that older people in the villages can get together locally, building a network of social contacts nearer to them.

We have regular social gatherings for clients and volunteers living in the villages north of Market Harborough, including Fleckney, Kibworth, Houghton on the Hill and Thurnby.  We are also developing project activity in the Lutterworth and Broughton Astley areas.

Volunteers and clients fed back:

‘Dad really enjoyed it; it will give him a real lift, he particularly liked it because he could hear everything and was able to participate without background noise’

‘I thoroughly enjoyed that gathering, it is so nice to get out – I met so many friendly people’

We are working with local venues and facilities to develop ways people can get together locally independently of the project and networking with other services to increase referrals from rural areas.

We were delighted to be runners up in the Rural Community Council’s 2018 Rural Achievement Awards, in the Rural Service Category.

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