Sussex charity Impact Initiatives and Henfield Community Partnership are implementing an exciting new community project this summer but they need the public’s help to get additional funding. The Henfield Day Centre for people with dementia was faced with closure but thanks to this partnership it has been saved and is now being transformed to be used by over 200 older people, including those with dementia, each week. There is however one last hurdle they need to overcome to make this happen which is provision of reliable transport. In light of this, they have applied for an Aviva Community Fund launching on Friday May 1 which means, if they get enough votes from the public before the end of May, they could secure up to £10,000.
Caroline Ridley, CEO at Impact Initiatives, explained,
“It is so important that Impact Initiatives provides a community bus for this new Older Peoples (50 plus) project in Henfield as transport is a key issue when tacking loneliness and isolation.”
The partnership have researched different options for transport and having their own bus and driver is the best solution. Impact Initiatives have applied for the Aviva Community Fund of £10,000 to provide them with enough money to purchase a second hand minibus with all the necessary modifications for its users. The bus will help reduce isolation and loneliness for people with longer term and complex needs including people with dementia and physical and sensory impairments. The way the grants work means that the more votes a project gets, the more chance it has of being chosen to receive the money – so Henfield Community Partnership and Impact Initiatives need the people of Sussex to vote for this essential new project at https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/1731.
Through extensive research, it was found that there is a high population of people with dementia in Henfield alone many of who are cared for by a relative. The minibus would offer flexibility and security especially for people with dementia who sometimes become anxious and need a bit extra time to get onto a bus. Having their own bus also eases the stress on carers and ensures they will have the ability to provide a variety of different services and trips.
“We now need the minibus to help those particularly isolated with no other means of getting out and about to get to the centre and enjoy trips out with friends to places they love but can no longer get to. We really hope that all our friends and supporters take time to cast their vote and help us be in with a chance of winning this national grant.”
The Aviva Community Fund will finance over 362 entries across four different fund levels and four categories, spreading awards to communities throughout the UK. The main aims of the Aviva Community Fund are to make a positive impact to local communities, help a charity raise funds for a project which will be completed before December 2015 and provide money to community projects which can ideally be completed with the requested funding alone.
Impact Initiatives would welcome this grant not only to provide the best care for its users but also to ensure that carers have the breaks and support they need. The partnership has already been approached by other organisations and groups who are keen to use the services and centre, so purchasing a bus is essential to help every older demographic in the community. The ability to interact with other people, maintain relationships and have these facilities is essential for health and mental wellbeing and will also help towards reducing loneliness and isolation.