Good Neighbours Coventry
The Good Neighbours Coventry scheme is an exciting initiative developed by local churches (via HOPE Coventry and Together for Change) in partnership with Age UK Coventry in September 2016 to reduce isolation and therefore improve health and wellbeing amongst older people. Working collaboratively, faith organisations and Age UK Coventry engage with isolated and lonely older people by developing existing social networks and using existing community resources to enable residents to help each other. This takes the form of 1:1 befriending (visiting people at home and simply chatting to them), group activities (such as coffee mornings, art clubs, and more), or low level practical assistance (e.g. a lift to the shop).
If you know anyone over 50 who might benefit from a weekly visit from a befriender, a local coffee morning or friendship group, or simple practical help, please get in contact with us. Equally, if you have half an hour at any point in your week spare to offer friendship over a cup of tea to a local older person, we would love to hear from potential volunteers too. For more information on Good Neighbours Coventry groups, befriending or visiting, please contact Jess Day-Pollard, Project Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07563 902 904.
The project has increased the range of friendship opportunities and activities available for older people within Coventry, as well as significantly increasing reach to isolated and / or lonely older people to help them engage with their communities and maintain their independence.
Churches or faith based organisations looking to start an older people’s outreach project have applied for grants of up to £2,500 to get started, and existing groups have applied for up to £500 (download the grant application form). Good Neighbours Coventry hopes to have more grants available for groups in 2018, so do get in touch to register interest for this. For information on grants specifically, contact Ryan Lapworth on email@example.com.
Afternoon tea in Hillfields for people aged 60+. 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, 2.30-4pm, at the Hope Centre, Vauxhall Street, CV1 5LF. Homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and tea in teapots and friendly conversation, all for just £1. Call 07773 153 651 for enquiries, or just turn up!
Art cafe in Willenhall for people aged 60+. 2nd Friday of the month, 1.30-3pm, at St John the Divine, Robin Hood Road, CV3 3AY. Whether you are the next Rembrandt or completely talentless, come along for some creative fun with a professional artist to support you make something beautiful; past sessions have included sun printing and collage, as well as lots of cake, all for just £1. Call 07563 902 904 for enquiries, or just turn up!
Good Neighbours of Willenhall Community Choir. Every Thursday, 7-9pm, at St John the Divine, Robin Hood Road, CV3 3AY. Come along and sing and make new friends in this new unauditioned choir for over 50s. Call 02476 303 266 for enquiries, or just turn up!
Cheylesmore Good Neighbours. Every other Friday, 2-4pm, at Quinton Road Baptist Church hall, Cheylesmore, CV3 5PZ. This is a large and lively group which has outings, lunches, and speakers on a huge variety of topics, as well as tea and chat, for only £1.50 per session. Call 07787 597 467 for enquiries, or just turn up!