Respect The Elderly The Community Project based in Uttoxeter got a major cash boost on Monday 4th April having been presented with a cheque for £1000 by the Heath Big Local Community Chest.
The award presented was for the purchase of two new laptops to help with the running and the efficiency of the free befriending service it offers. This will also help with marketing and reaching out to more people in the area who can benefit from the service.
Respect The Elderly The Community Project provides a free befriending or sitting service to elderly people who are feeling lonely and isolated. During the two hour weekly visits the main aim is to improve confidence. The visits can be for trips out, company or to help support families who have a loved one who has the onset of dementia or other debilitating conditions associated with old age.
When required, local services or activity groups useful to the individual are sourced facilitating integration into the community, crucial for all this is having the right equipment it is also needed for keeping records, maintaining contact with everyone and reporting on progress.
Carly Harris, founder of Respect The Elderly The Community Project, said: “Since becoming and operating as a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) in November 2016 we have as a team made up of staff and wonderful volunteers conducted a total of 147 visits in individual homes and at hospital. Many more visits took place the previous year before becoming a CIC.
"Every day we are reminded of the lives we have touched and changed by providing our service, however, when an elderly lady claims she no longer wants to end her life because things are better now and she has is enjoying life again the feeling is unimaginable.”
Alison Handley who is an integral part of the running and operating of Respect The Elderly The Community Project has been devoted since the very beginning working effortlessly to ensure all of the nominees and volunteers are happy whilst providing the essential administration support to help everything run smoothly.
Alison and Carly are both highly delighted and grateful to The Heath Big Local for their support as until now they have both shared one old reconditioned laptop that has proved temperamental and has even stopped working at crucial times. With a new system able to be put in place and better technology it will help reach out to even more people and raise awareness for the organisation.
Respect The Elderly The Community Project is not currently full to capacity so welcomes anyone to get in touch for more information or to receive a visit to discuss how it can help. Please contact 07729 692128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org more details can also be found on the website www.respecttheelderly.org.