Weʼve raised £530 to Help Friend in Deed's Little Visitors scheme expand into the community. We want to reach all older people who are isolated and lonely.
- Norwich, United Kingdom
- Funded on Saturday, 14th April 2018
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Friend In Deed is a social enterprise founded in 2016 through Kelly Lindsay's affinity with older people and experience as a qualified teacher in a behavioural school. This passion to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of isolated and lonely elderly people has resulted in a number of schemes engaging with elderly people in care homes and sheltered accommodation.
One scheme having substantial success is Friend In Deed's Little Visitors scheme, where parents are able to take their babies, toddlers and children of all ages into care settings to play games, chat to and spend time with residents, building long-term friendships sustained by the continuity of regular visits.
For one week of December 2017, Little Visitors transformed into Little Elves and with the kindness and support of our local community were able to take presents to elderly people in 5 care homes across Norfolk. This particular part of the scheme was featured in the EDP & Evening News newspaper (and their online news sections) and on ITV Anglia.
Alongside the Little Visitors scheme, Friend In Deed runs garden clearance and uplift projects, Sing & Rhyme sessions (with groups of babies, toddlers and older people singing songs and playing instruments together), school / care home projects & events, care home to care home penpal schemes and a range of one-off events.
The positive response to the Little Visitors scheme from all participants and the wider community, supported by promotion through the press and news publicity has given us the opportunity to look to expand. We want to make a difference to all older people living in our communities, those still in their own homes with little to no contact with their communities and our long term ambition is for Friend In Deed to expand across the country, bringing inclusion and integration to elderly people across the UK.
We want to continually build on our success and start to expand and develop new schemes which will really make a difference to older people who are even more isolated and to bring communities - and generations - together. To do this, we need to raise more funds. Can you help us?
Some of the schemes we are hoping to develop include:
- Strategies to identify the most vulnerable and lonely people still living in their own homes , with the aim of launching a Little Visitors At Home scheme in 2018.
- Training in key communication skills for the Little Visitors At Home scheme, so that Little Visitors (and their parents!) gain a deeper insight into the best way to communicate and engage with older people who may have dementia, or hearing, speech or vision impairment.
- Organising community inter-generational events and meet-ups, where young and old can take part in fun and meaningful activities together.
- Developing schemes that will positively impact people who live with dementia and their families.
We are really passionate about making a difference, about celebrating kindness and bringing together different generations. Any little that you can spare will be so gratefully received - thank you!
Kelly Lindsay, Director, Friend In Deed
- 2 years ago
Friend in Deed Norwich2 years ago
Hi all. We would like to thank you so much for all of your generous donations. We only reached 8% of our £5,000 target but that was mostly because we didn't promote the fundraising as much as we should have. We do have other exciting fundraising ideas in the pipeline though! We are looking forward to pairing up some of our experienced little visitors to older people that are isolated in their own homes and we hope you will follow us on FB to see the progress we make. Thank you for your continued support. Kelly (Founder/Director)
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- 3 years ago
Friend in Deed Norwich3 years ago
Thank you to everyone, on a personal level, I appreciate it more than you could possibly know. Loneliness if finally being acknowledged as a serious health risk and knowing that we have older people in our communities who go weeks without even talking to another person is heartbreaking! We need to help prevent and cure loneliness and our incredible little visitors will try and do just that. If you would like to help us further, please share our JustGiving page and copy, paste and complete - I/We donated to Friend In Deed because ...
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Apr 8, 2018
We love being Little Visitors. Keep up the good work. Olivia and Raeya x
Apr 5, 2018
Love what friends in deed do for our precious older community 💗💗💗
Apr 5, 2018
This donation is for a brilliant cause and a brilliant woman who puts her heart and soul into helping others x
Feb 10, 2018
What a wonderful thing to do. I really support beautiful initiatives like this one. It's time we started appreciated young and old again and share the love! Thanks friend in deed x
Jan 16, 2018
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Dec 24, 2017
Well done TeaBag for all your hard work 👏xx
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Friend in Deed Norwich
Norwich, United Kingdom
Friend in Deed’s primary aim is to promote kindness through intergenerational projects. We hope to reduce the loneliness of the UK’s elderly population through interactive schemes involving volunteers from the local community, principally through engagement with young people.