Age Cymru Sir Gar (the charity for the 50-plus in Carmarthenshire) is looking for support from members of the Nationwide Building Society.
The charity is one of a number of organisations bidding for cash from the Nationwide Community Grants Programme.
(Declaration of interest here as I am a trustee of Age Cymru Sir Gar)
Age Cymru Sir Gar provides flexible, practical volunteer support at home, aiding independent living for people aged over 50.
The charity has an innovative Future Age project.
Carmarthenshire has an aging population, often living in unadapted housing, not claiming the benefits they’re entitled to and with little or no access to transport or their community.
It would like to offer a befriending service which assists day-to-day living in practical ways, linking other support services through the charity’s Information and Advice service, thus extending this to the isolated vulnerable adults.
Each client will automatically be offered a welfare benefits health check to ensure all eligible benefits are claimed including support to complete the forms.
This will enable identification of issues around adaptations and fuel poverty, for example.
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Ann Dymock, chief executive of Age Cymru Sir Gar, said: “Our Future Age project is far-reaching and will benefit a large section of the population. We would be grateful for any support we get from Nationwide members as the public vote for allocating funds from the Nationwide Community Grants Programme is now ‘live’.”
- The voting window is open for all Nationwide Building Society members to vote from now until 20 July.
- Members can vote online at: http://www.nationwide.co.uk/communityfundingvoting
- Only members of Nationwide Building Society can vote, and they can only vote once. You’re a Nationwide member if you have a Nationwide current, mortgage, or savings account.
The Nationwide Community Grants Programme was set up after building society members voted to use one per cent of pre-tax profits towards funding community projects.
Community grants are available up to £50,000.
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