Winter Well-being Appeal

Donate today to help keep our older and vulnerable residents warm, safe and well this winter.

 

In the winter months, should older and vulnerable people in our communities have to choose between heating or eating? 

Winter can be a lonely and worrying time with many older and vulnerable residents experiencing financial hardship and having to choose what they can afford to do. One in ten households in our county live in fuel poverty, spending more than 10% of their income on fuel.

With many older and vulnerable people living alone, and due to the ongoing public health crisis, many are still cautious about leaving their homes.  The uncertainty of the coming winter months will lead to increased social isolation again this year.

This is an annual appeal that the Foundation has been running since 2010 and has raised £235,000 during its lifetime to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our local communities.

This year, our appeal needs your help more than ever. Due to the pandemic year and high demand for fund Northamptonshire Community Foundation has raised and distributed over £2.5 million to provide a safety net and support for local community funds, however it urgently needs to raise further funds to help tackle fuel poverty this coming winter.

The money raised through this appeal will be awarded to local community groups and charities whose activities protect and help local older and vulnerable people in supported environments. 

How can you make a difference?

With your donation we can ensure those who are less fortunate can stay warm, safe and healthy this winter.

Donate online: click here or scan the QR code (left) to make a donation via our dedicated Just Giving Winter Well-being page.

 

Donation by cheque:  made payable to 'Northamptonshire Community Foundation' and post to Winter Well-being Appeal, Northamptonshire Community Foundation, 18 Albion Place, Northampton, NN1 1UD.  

Donation by BACS: for our bank details please contact please contact either Rachel Cooke by phone on 07483 428131, rachelcooke@ncf.uk.com  or Mary Hollands by phone on 07483 428105, mary@ncf.uk.com.

Don’t need it? Donate it! If you are eligible to receive the Government’s Winter Fuel payment and if you can afford to forego this, please consider donating some or all of your payment to our appeal.

Gift Aid your donations: If you are a UK Tax Payer, you can increase the value of your donation by 25p of Gift Aid for every £1 you donate at no extra cost to yourself. Click here to download our Gift Aid form; alternatively please contact either Rachel Cooke on 07483 428131, rachelcooke@ncf.uk.com or Mary Hollands on 07483 428105, mary@ncf.uk.com to receive the form.

If you'd like to fundraise for our appeal, click here for some ideas in our fundraising toolkit.

 

How the funding will be spent 

Every penny raised from our appeal will be passed on to those in greatest need in our county. The money raised will be used to support local charities and community organisations who protect and help older and vulnerable people in supported environments, making sure they can afford to stay warm, eat well and remain mobile, as well as help them in practical ways such as ensuring they can make doctor's appointments, get to the shops, and maintain an active social life. 

All donations will make a big impact to help improve the lives of those in need.

A donation of £5 would provide:

  • A lunch club meal for isolated and lonely older people.

A donation of £10 would provide:

  • A warm and well pack to provide support over the cold winter months

A donation of £200 would provide:

  • 20 hours of volunteer support to older and vulnerable people including shopping and meal services.
  • Keep three older persons provided with weekly support and calls for 6 months.

How this will benefit the community 

Care & Repair Northamptonshire is an independent, charitable home improvement agency which has over 30 years experience in supporting vulnerable householders across Northamptonshire to remain independent at home by carrying out measures to help keep them warm, safe and secure.

Such services can greatly benefit older and vulnerable people, as can make the difference between them staying safe and independent at home and going into full-time care.

Serve Rushden supports older and vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes. The funding awarded ran their Covid-19 Emergency Community Support supporting individuals in the community with essential groceries, prescriptions, and befriending telephones calls. The third national lockdown caused a spike in referrals, SERVE has continued to make sure those people are safe and healthy throughout this continued crisis, providing consistent ongoing support. The project has helped ease mental health issues through reducing isolation. One beneficiary quoted, “SERVE has been a lifeline for me, thank you for everything and thank you for keeping me alive!”

The difference you’ve made since 2010

Our annual Winter Appeal first started in 2010 encouraging all those who could afford to forego their Government Winter Fuel Payment (WFP) to instead donate it to support older and vulnerable people in our county for whom the WFP is not nearly enough, making them most at risk during the cold winter months. With the generosity of our donors Northamptonshire Community Foundation has raised £235,000 during the lifetime of this appeal supporting 66 local projects to protect some of the most vulnerable members of our local communities.

 

The funding awarded has supported:

In 2020 Daventry New Street Day Centre received funding to run a Winter Lunch Club. With another lockdown, they adapted their project to deliver wellness packs and free lunches twice a week to older and vulnerable people in their homes, helping to reduce social isolation, and keep them fed and well.

In 2019 Accommodation Concern’s funding provided a safe space for homeless people in Kettering. The group set up and ran a warm, safe space drop in facility for rough sleepers to access before the night shelter opened at 10pm. Activities, and free hot drinks and snacks were available for people to eat & drink. The grant helped the group to build longer term relationships with those living on the streets, whilst also providing them with a safe, warm space during the winter period.

In 2019 Long Buckby Library and Hub received funding to set up a social hub to help reduce isolation and build relationships in the village and surrounding areas, as well as maintain the library. The funding provided tables and chairs for the hub, plus a mobile counter to help delivery drinks and snacks safely.

In 2018 Live at Home Northampton received funding to run a series of twice weekly lunch clubs and activities at the day centre over the Winter. The Winter months can be considerably harder for those more vulnerable older members of our community, our lunches and events give them something to look forward to and a way of getting out and about even in bad weather. Our Winter lunch clubs have a positive effect on the health and wellbeing of the 80 members who attended and hopefully allowed them to feel less isolated and alone.

In 2017 Zindgani (Asian Men's Group) received funding to run their active independent living in community project providing a centralised accessible social club for hard to reach Asian older and disabled men. A series of activities including yoga, the use of gym equipment, table games, organised talks and workshops were provided to improve mental and physical health and well-being, whilst helping to reduce social isolation for its members.

The funding has made substantial benefits to the well-being of the older and disabled Asian men who find difficult to access services and feel lonely or isolated. The attendees have increased their self-confidence, developed social skills and feel part of the community at large, enabling them to be more self-supporting and less reliance on others.

 

In 2020 Northamptonshire Community Foundation adopted the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) into its charitable activities – a set of global goals that the United Nations has set to improve quality of life and wellbeing for all by 2030. In a series of online Community Conversations and accompanying staff blogs, we have been discussing and focusing on the work that the Community Foundation, local community groups and charities are doing to tackle these global goals locally. To read our blogs please click here. You can also watch our series of Community Conversations on our YouTube channel.

  

 

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