The funding is expected to benefit around 800 people across the two areas.
Councillor Fairhurst said: “This money will go towards enabling more elderly people to stay independent in their own homes for longer and help build inclusive, strong communities. Voluntary and community organisations provide valuable locally based services that are often rooted in the neighbourhoods which they serve and often offer those vital prevention and early intervention services which keep people safe, out of hospital or needing higher levels of care.”
The Methodist Homes Association (MHA) was awarded a grant totalling £66,304 over a two year period, from April 2018 and March 2020, towards supporting people in Winchester to live independently in their own homes through their Live at Home schemes. These provide a variety of services and support, including breakfast and lunch clubs, befriending, telephone wellbeing checks, life skills, transport and support with shopping.
Brendoncare Clubs was awarded a grant totalling £49,696 over the same period to enable more people in Gosport to access their Gosport Community Hub. Many activities are run from the Hub, including exercise sessions, cooking classes and supper clubs, which help tackle loneliness and social isolation. Information, advice and befriending services are also available at the hub.
The £116,000 grant funding for Winchester and Gosport is part of a wider programme of community grants covering all eleven districts councils in Hampshire.
For more information view the decision day papers online