STOP PRESS VASL is delighted to announce that NLCF has granted VASL a further 3 years funding until 2025 for the Community Champions Project which tackles loneliness amongst older people. More details here
The Community Champions project aims to reduce loneliness for people over 60 who live alone in Harborough District. We accept referrals from individuals, families, GP surgeries, Adult Social Care, Local Area Co-ordinators.
Our referral form is here.
We recruit and train volunteers who contact their client on a regular basis, with phone calls, emails, letters and visits. To find out more about volunteering with us please ring 01858 439262 or email. We interview all of our volunteers and take up references for them. We match volunteers to suitable clients based on shared interests and similar life experiences.
These are our current volunteering opportunities.
We encourage people to come along to our monthly gatherings and training events on zoom or when possible in person, which helps them to become part of the community.
We offer digital support for people to get online.
Our volunteers can support people to join groups and classes.
We work with local schools and scouts to encourage intergenerational work, and a wide variety of partners.
Have a look at our Community Champions Newsletters which give you more of a flavour of what we get up to.
There is no charge for the project as it is funded by the National Lottery’s Communities Fund. The volunteers are paid travel expenses but give their time freely.
This is our covid story.
This is the impact report written in March 2020
“I feel as if I have been born again – I have plenty of time on my own to read and walk into town and the park but I get a lovely befriender visiting me and taking me out. We also go to Community Gatherings so I get to meet other people which is so its fantastic. I just want to say how much I appreciate what you do”Community champions client 2020
Nine months into the pandemic we asked our clients what loneliness means to them, their words are read by our volunteers and they were recorded using Zoom.
What loneliness means to me
This is how I deal with loneliness
This is the difference that Community Champions has made.
Any of us could be affected by loneliness and this article talks about ways to cope if you are feeling isolated.
We were able to participate in research by Sheffield University on how loneliness affects Black and Minority Ethnic people, the toolkit they have produced is available online.
Community Champions (CC) is a project about reducing Loneliness and connecting people. We know that anyone can become lonely, and we also know that we can all be part of the solution.
The CC project welcomes people from all backgrounds as volunteers, clients or staff. We aim to provide an excellent service to everyone and do not discriminate in the support we offer on any grounds eg, race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, marriage status etc
We will do our best to make sure everyone is included and respected. We hope that you will also embrace our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion so that together we can build positive relationships and connect communities across all types of diversity.
VASL has just set up an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group which will help us develop best practice in this vital work.
Contact Community Champions
Telephone 01858 439 262
Address: Community Champions, VASL, Torch House, Torch Way, Market Harborough, LE16 9HL