Brendoncare Clubs, run by Winchester based charity, The Brendoncare Foundation, is delighted to announce that they have received a £10,000 grant from The National Emergencies Trust (NET), in partnership with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Fund (HIWCF). The grant will help to continue the contact and support service to Hampshire Club members and volunteers which has been operating whilst the physical clubs are temporarily closed.
The contact and support service is helping to maintain the positive connections and friendships Brendoncare Club members and volunteers usually enjoy through their regular clubs. Contact is being made through telephone and written communications to all 1,700 members and volunteers via a team of over 100 Brendoncare staff and volunteers.
Following a recent telephone call, a club member commented:
Thank you for calling us the other day to see if we needed anything – we are 100% OK luckily, but you calling was a great boost knowing there was someone there if needed. We are so pleased we joined the Kurling club.
Some of the Brendoncare Clubs are also meeting up virtually, via Zoom, which is helping to maintain routine and contact for members and volunteers. There are virtual choirs, ukulele sessions, music and book reviews, exercises and games, and also a weekly online video of Brendoncare’s ever popular cooking for one session. There is always time for a laugh, natter and a cuppa! Internet sim cards and tablets are being provided for some members who do not have access to the technology to ensure they can join in too.
Sue Dee, Brendoncare Fleet and Crookham Club Volunteer, commented:
It has been so good to be able to keep in touch with our club members during these difficult times. We have shared a lot of laughs and I havebeen very impressed to see how quickly they have embraced the new technology.
Sam Agnew, Head of Brendoncare Clubs, said:
Thank you very much to NET and HIWCF for this second grant. It means we can continue with the vital contact and support service to our members and volunteers. We have had such a positive response from everyone and it is making a huge difference to people’s lives.
Jonathan Cheshire OBE, HIWCF Chairman, commented:
We are delighted to be able to support Brendoncare Clubs in their work to help those in need in the local community. Local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are providing a lifeline to those less fortunate, and it is heartening to see that these organisations can react so quickly and be so resourceful in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The vital services that these organisations provide are more crucial now than ever before but are under threat more than at any other time. HIWCF is continuing to raise funding for charities across our region, for which donations can be made to the ‘We’re All Together’ Fund: virginmoneygiving.com/fund/AllTogether.
Brendoncare Clubs is a well established and trusted community service, offering a vital lifeline in Hampshire and Dorset, through the 94 clubs across 40 locations during the week and over the weekend. The clubs are temporarily closed at present, but when running they provide a friendly, fun, relaxed and supportive environment where older people can meet other club members, make friends and develop strong peer support networks.