£350,000 funding win to provide befriending support

Published on 27th March 2015 in Community Services

We have been awarded £344,307 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme for a three year befriending project.

The grant will mean that our befriending service can reach out to 270 people with sight loss, providing emotional and practical support to improve their health and wellbeing.

We will recruit and train 150 volunteers to deliver befriending in people’s homes and in the community. The funding will also help us to expand the service to older people during short respite breaks at Kathleen Rutland Home and New Wycliffe Home.

Paul Bott, Vista’s Chief Executive, said “We are delighted to have been awarded the £344,307 funding from the Big Lottery Fund. It means we will be able to help even more local people in need of our services, and provide them with practical and emotional support. We can also boost our number of volunteers and provide them with valuable training.”

The aim of the new befriending project is to improve the self confidence and independence of the people we support, as well as helping with emotional wellbeing and reducing isolation.

It will also increase opportunities for people to access services in their communities, and increase confidence and new life skills through training, development and on-going support for volunteers.

To find out more, visit our befriending service page.

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