Published: Tuesday, 10th December 2019
Local group ‘Friends in Deed’ held their first sing, rhyme and move group for local children, their parents and the residents of Crossroads community hub of Independence Matters in South Wootton.
The session was held on Monday 9 December thanks to a community grant from Lily, which is managed by the Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk. Lily helps people who are feeling lonely or isolated by supporting them to connect to organisations that can help in the area. Lily also has a local online directory containing around 3,000 listings.
Rebekah Bensley-Mills, Lily co-ordinator, said: “It’s great that Lily has been able to give a small grant to ‘Friends in Deed’ to organise these regular intergenerational sessions that not only keep small children entertained but raise a smile from the residents living with dementia at Crossroads community hub of Independence Matters.
“Lily grants are available to local support groups that help combat loneliness and social isolation. I urge people to contact us through our asklily.org.uk website or by calling the borough council information centre.”
Lily has a strong focus on community development, by:
- Helping groups to arrange activities and encouraging volunteering
- Providing small grants to community groups
- Providing support for employers, schools, and colleges to help them tackle loneliness
For more information visit www.asklily.org.uk or call 01553 616200.
The criteria in relation to grant allocation is that:-
- Funds are not for individual purposes
- They are to support groups with a minimum of 3 individuals
- They expand activities and existing projects
- They are of benefit to the local area
- They are one-off with clear exit strategies for the group
- An organisation can apply for subsequent grants for different projects within their organisation