A SUPPORT project for older people in south Leeds has scooped almost half a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund
Holbeck Elderly Aid, a local neighbourhood network for older people, has secured £475,747 to support the growth of the organisation and its services over the next three years.
The funding will be invested across the three years in developing services and activities to help older people retain their independence for longer and encourage an active later life under a programme of work called ‘Better Living Matters’.
A new mini bus will be bought to help with days out, shopping trips and transport, Schemes to stop loneliness will be also tackled.
Elissa Newman, chief officer of Holbeck Elderly Aid said: “We are delighted. This funding is significant and will make a huge impact locally on the lives of many older people. We provide a vital service to older people. It is not all about managing crisis points but also about being proactive and planning activities and services that can improve well-being, help older people retain independence and ultimately help them live better for longer.”
John England, Chair of Holbeck Elderly Aid: “Our aim is about making older people’s lives better and this funding has come at a crucial time as numbers within our older population increase we are seeing additional demand on the need for our services – from one off advice to more intensive 121 support, as well as co-ordinating groups and activities that prevent social isolation and loneliness within our community.”