I am a trustee of Age Concern North Dorset and we have applied for funding from Nat West Community Force to establish an allotment in Sturminster targeted towards helping elderly men (although women would also be most welcome) who may be isolated, bereaved and lonely in the Sturminster area and surrounding villages. Our traditional services (lunch club, tea and biscuits, befriending) have not proven as popular with elderly men as with women, but we have identified a significant need in the area to introduce activities that will appeal to them.
The intention is to provide a secure environment where the men can meet socially and potentially teach younger people how to grow vegetables in an allotment to their mutual benefit. This has been highly successful in Dorchester and other parts of the country under Age UK and Age Concern direction. We will use Age UK’s tried and tested framework and approach for setting up this service and its on-going management to protect all participants.
For us to win a grant from Nat West’s fund, we need to secure votes from local people in support of our project. I would be grateful if you would be prepared to publicise this within your charitable community and contacts to maximise our chances of winning the funds for the local community. Voting starts on Monday 26th September and anyone is entitled to vote on-line. Please see the Nat West web site below for more information on our project (Men in Sheds) and our web site for confirmation of my credentials:
Nat West will announce the voting instructions on Monday on the above web site.
Thanks in advance for your help. Please feel free to call me to discuss this further. I would be happy to brief you further on the project.
Kind regards, Chris Spackman – Age Concern’s office on 01258 475582
Community Resource Worker
SturQuest Community Office
Old Market Hill
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