Lincoln City Foundation are launching a project to ‘Tackle Loneliness Together’ through funding made available through the English Football League Trust (EFLT) as part of a national campaign at 32 identified locations across the UK.
Through a study by the Office National Statistics, it is estimated that 2.6 million adults have reported feeling lonely “often” or “always” and a further 7.4 million adults have said their well-being has been impacted through the feeling of loneliness in the past seven days of being asked.
The EFL Trust network has a history of working with people across all generations and has a track record of connecting the people who need it most. Last year Lincoln City Foundation launched their Extra Time Hubs programme with support from EFLT and Sport England, through the National Lottery, to support those aged over 55 to remain physically and socially active.
During the pandemic, efforts to ensure that older members of our community and Lincoln City fan base are not left isolated while face-to-face programme delivery is suspended.
Joanna Okrasa, Project Manager at Lincoln City Foundation explains:
“We have continued to support those in our community that need us most, not only through the online alternatives of our Extra Time Hubs sessions, but also through our Community response, regular phone calls, physical activity packs and friendly, informal well-being checks.
“This grant enables us to reach more elderly people in our communities that may be suffering as a direct result of the Coronavirus, whether in their own homes, living with family or in care establishments.”
Mike Evans, Chief Executive Officer of the EFL Trust comments:
“We are proud to have been chosen to be part of this vital mission to support the older people in our communities. We see this as an endorsement of the great work that our CCOs have done in this area and we know there is so much more that our network will achieve.”
The variety of programmes aimed at the over 55’s include a range of exciting activities such as; Tennis, Martial Arts, Green Space Gardening, Photography Club, Outdoor Workouts and Health Walks. The aim is that there is something there to peak everyone’s interests, the programmes are designed to help participants learn new skills, meet new people and become more active. What's more, thanks to the funding from the EFLT and the National Lottery these programmes are completely free for all participants.
Our health walks have 7 walks starting from different locations throughout in the Lincoln area. These walks are led by a trained Walk Leader and will explore several areas of the city, allowing participants to take in the wonderful world around them. All walks last between 30 and 60 minutes and start and finish at the same location.
Our Green Space Gardener project is looking for energetic and able people who are living in the Sincil Bank area who want to get stuck in and help maintain and develop the current allotment. This allotment was started over four years ago by a group of local volunteers who have continued to maintain the space and now run the allotment themselves. There is also set to be a brand new space to redesign for those looking to get stuck into a new project.
All programmes are being delivered in accordance with government guidelines, so places are limited.
To find out more or to book on one of the programmes, click here.