Audlem & District Community Action (ADCA) are delighted to have been successful in our application to Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer's Community Action Fund to deliver services that help make life in the Audlem area of Cheshire safer for older people.
ADCA has been awarded a grant of £4,368 grant to improve older people's wellbeing and safety.
These welcome funds will go towards developing home befriending and gentle outdoor and indoor exercise sessions (in small friendly groups) for older people who may live alone and find it difficult to get out.
These new services will enable us to directly combat the loneliness and vulnerability of isolated older people and their carers which has been much intensified by the pandemic. Vital exercise and social activity delivered in appropriately Covid-secure surroundings will enhance physical and mental well-being and improve resilience.
The funding will also allow ADCA to work with partners and the local police team to address community safety issues. Our partner charity The Overwater Wheelybus (and our own team of voluntary drivers) will enable people without transport or who need wheelchair transport to attend group sessions.
Our PCSO Nick Jarvis, already a popular regular visitor at ADCA's existing lunch and coffee clubs, will be invited to visit the new groups to advise members on home safety and security.
The Community Action Fund has been developed to enable residents and communities to address the issues which matter most to them. The fund enables ideas to be brought to life and gives the community the opportunity to be part of the solution.
PCC John Dwyer said: "My Community Action Fund aims to give local residents the tools to empower them to make a real difference in their community.
"I want to encourage residents and communities to come together to improve community safety and community confidence within policing. Together we can make our communities safer.
"I look forward to seeing the difference this project will make."
Roger Millns, ADCA Chair, said: "We are very grateful to the Commissioner for this grant.
"As we delivered our Coronavirus Home Support Service over the course of the pandemic we encountered a significant number of frail older people in the community who had not previously used any of ADCA's services. It was clear that many had struggled physically and emotionally during lockdown through being compulsorily housebound.
"These new funds will help us directly respond to their need for social engagement and physical activity in appropriate settings, as well as providing individually tailored befriending support."
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