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Closed 31/01/2019
Manor Gardens Welfare Trust Ltd

Christmas cheer for older people

Our Friendship Network matches befriending volunteers with isolated older people in Islington. As Christmas approaches we want to be able to give them more - hampers, a lunch, presents - plus we need to recruit 30 more volunteers for next year.
raised of £10,000 target
by 5 supporters
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Closed on 31/01/2019
RCN 1063053

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There are many older people living in Islington who rarely get out or see someone just to have a chat with. Our befriending volunteers visit people in their own homes and sit and chat for an hour each week. This social activity is greatly welcomed by our members and is the cornerstone of our work throughout the year.

At Christmas we try to make a special effort for our members as this can be an especially lonely time. We put together special hampers for some of our members, and others come out to our Christmas lunch at a local centre. We are hoping this year that we will be able to give everyone a present as well.

One of our members, Terence, says: I like the company and to know that somebody has an interest in you. In London you can be very lonely, people don't go out of the way to be friendly.'

Just £20 would fill a hamper. £50 would feed two guests at our lunch. £200 will help us recruit and match a befrieding volunteer with an older person.

About the charity

We promote physical and mental wellbeing to the most deprived and vulnerable people in Islington by befriending older people, recruiting mental health champions, helping people eat more healthily, helping those recovering from strokes, providing advocacy for refugees and teaching children aged 2-5.

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