Community Lincs has been awarded £24,926 to complete a pilot project across six communities in Lincolnshire
These FREE events are aimed at anyone over 50 who is interested in what is happening in their communities. Community Lincs has come together with the Lincolnshire Co-Op, with the aims to build connections, reduce loneliness and social isolation in over 50’s.
Community Cuppa gives local residents, and both community and voluntary services the chance to get together to meet old friends, make new ones and to share information over a cuppa and cake. There are sessions taking place throughout September which will build on the success of the previous Community Cuppa events, held in April and June.
The Co-Op will be serving hot drinks, along with cake and fruit during each event. This will all be provided by the local Co-Op food store. “Community Lincs is thrilled to be working with Lincolnshire Co-op on this new project,” said Gail Jackson, CEO of Community Lincs.
Community Lincs as the organisers of the Community Cuppa events are also looking for small local groups to join in and have a stand at the events so they can tell local people more about what they offer – and hopefully get more participants involved.
A local Police Community Support Officer who attended one of our events said “I have made contacts that will benefit the public, especially people who are isolated. I can now signpost the people I meet to other agencies and events.”
We will support local individuals by:
- Increasing their engagement with local activities;
- Providing volunteer opportunities; and
- Giving an increased feeling of wellbeing.
The benefits to local groups and services will be:
- Increased members and service users;
- Recruitment opportunities for volunteers; and
- Improved sustainability of their activity and services.
The Pilot Communities
With Lincolnshire Co-op we have identified six areas (each with a Lincolnshire Co-op shop) to work in and pilot the approach. These include a range of different communities from small, large, sparse and urban.
Our chosen communities are as follows:
- Swanpool/Hartsholme area Lincoln
To find out the dates of each Community Cuppa in your area click here.
What will happen during this project?
We will undertake comprehensive asset mapping process within each community to identify existing community venues, activities, groups and other key services such as transport provision.
We will talk to people over the age of 50 within each community to identify what they enjoy, what they would like to see more of and what they could offer themselves in terms of time and skills.
We will develop local asset maps and action plans for each community. This will then enable them to further develop local solutions and activities.
We will hold café sessions in each community with the opportunity for people to meet, enjoy refreshments, develop new friendships and find out about local groups and services.