Case studies

Copleston Centre

Copleston is a church and community centre that provides a programme of activities to older people living in and around East Dulwich and Peckham, including social activities, cultural trips, heathy meals, exercise and games. The grant is contributing towards the annual running costs of the Community Café over 2 years to increase the number, and diversity, of older people using the services.

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Elimhouse Community Association

Elimhouse Community Association is a black led small charity providing services for mainly Afro-Caribbean older people from Peckham and the surrounding area. The grant is supporting the costs of a Development Worker over 2 years to increase services provision at the Elimhouse Centre, post pandemic.

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LONDON SENIOR SOCIAL

LSS is a black led social enterprise providing help at home, day care and food delivery services to housebound older people aged 65 and above across Southwark. The grant is supporting the costs of its 'Senior Support Plus' operation over 2 years, and includes services delivered at individual older people's homes and activities for the older people at Rye Hill Tenants & Residents Hall on Tuesdays and at Age UK's Scovell Road centre on Saturdays.

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Nunhead's Voice

Nunhead has the lowest life expectancy for men (74.1 years) and for women (80.4 years) in Southwark. The area is characterised by income deprived neighbourhoods and poor transport links, with further government cuts to bus services proposed. Our grant is supporting the running costs of the Ivy Club for 30 older residents at Nunhead Green Community Centre, including weekly chair-based exercise, refreshments plus trips to the seaside and theatre.

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Link Age Southwark

An unrestricted grant is contributing towards Link Age’s core costs for 1 year. The charity provides high quality services that support 750 older people in Southwark annually. These include volunteer befriending in homes and community settings, exercise and activity groups at various community venues, parties & events, transportation of older people with mobility issues to groups & events, regular newsletters and practical support.

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Entelechy Arts

‘Bermondsey roaming’ is a series of creative workshops with residents of Tower Bridge Care Home, including art, poetry, writing, movement, memory cards (to simulate conversation), music, and singing. The activities are based on the needs and interests of residents and delivered by sessional artists at residents bedsides, and in communal spaces at the Care Home with trips to external venues at the end of each of the series.

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Blackfriars Settlement

Blackfriars is a long and established settlement and community centre providing services for residents in and around SE1. The one year grant is supporting the Settlement's Positive Ageing service to put on a diverse programme of activities, including online, for local older people who have really struggled during two years of pandemic.

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Bede House

Bede is a settlement and community centre based in SE16, by Southwark Park. The grant is supporting the award winning Inside Outside project which delivers free outdoor handyperson tasks and jobs to around 35 local older people, normally within a mile radius of Bede Centre, over the course of a year. Bede's clients with mild to moderate learning disabilities deliver the tasks to help older people to remain safe in their homes and gardens.

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Time and Talents

Time and Talents is a long established settlement and community centre in Rotherhithe. The grant is supporting the charity's ongoing work with local older people including its Neighbourhood Care service; Volunteer befriending service for those frail or housebound and support groups for those living with dementia and stroke survivors.

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Bermondsey Artists Group

Bermondsey Artists Group provides socially engaged art activities, events and learning from two galleries in Southwark Park - Café Gallery and Dilston Grove. The grant is supporting the costs of its Seniors Art School - a series of workshops for over 55's to learn to learn new art skills with a variety of contemporary artists in a sociable and relaxed setting.

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Southwark Pensioners Centre

Based in Camberwell, Southwark Pensioners Centre supports older people (aged 50 and above) to enjoy healthier, independent and more active lives. The grant is enabling the charity to provide 5 day trips in 2022 for over 300 older people and a celebration event for 200 older people in June 2022.

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Age UK Lewisham & Southwark

The grant is contributing to the Warm and Well Scheme to support Southwark's older and vulnerable people during Winter 2021-22 through small grants to those at risk of fuel poverty. Age UK L&S leads the initiative in partnership with the Southwark Older Peoples’ Network, the Southwark Group of Tenants Organisations and the Consortium of Older People's Services in Southwark (COPSINS).

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Previously funded

Guinness Estate Pages Walk

The grant contributed to an event to mark the Platinum Jubilee on 4th June 2022 for all residents of the Guinness Trust Estate at Pages Walk by the New Kent Road. A significant proportion of the residents are older people aged 55 plus who have spent much of the last 2 years isolating. They enjoyed food and refreshments, a singalong and dancing with their neighbours.

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Mint Street Music Festival C.I.C.

Mint Street Music Festival (MSMF) provides live music, dance and arts activities at community venues and settings in Borough and Bankside. The grant supported MSMF to deliver live music and dance at the Age UK Stones End Day Centre's Platinum Jubilee celebrations on 1st June 2022.

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Blind Aid

Blind Aid is London's oldest charity for blind and visually impaired people, and its head office is in West Bermondsey. The grant contributed towards the cost of a Sight Support Worker who supported over 160 Southwark older people with a visual impairment over the course of a year. Blind Aid has since been selected as one of the Mayor of Southwark's beneficial charities for 2022-23.

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