Cash boost for club supporting older people - The Leamington Observer

Cash boost for club supporting older people

A PROJECT for older folks is celebrating a cash boost.

The Gap Community Centre in Warwick created and runs SWIFT Living which helps older and potentially isolated members of the community get out and socialise together.

And SWIFT – which stands for socialising, wellbeing, integration, fitness and togetherness – has been awarded over £19,000 by the Postcode Community Trust to continue running activities and workshops.

Over 600 older folks, their families and carers have benefited from several regular activities including Knit and Natter, Computer Café, low-level exercise classes and intergenerational tea parties which have encouraged them to learn new skills, meet new friends, stay fit and active and reduce the risk of loneliness.

Gap Community Centre fundraiser Sara French said: “Thanks to this incredible funding boost, we have been able to tangibly improve the lives of hundreds of local older men and women who regularly attend the extensive programme we now run as a part of the SWIFT Living project.

“And the good news is, because the project has been so well-received, The Gap has secured enough volunteers to continue running SWIFT into 2017 and beyond. ”

Postcode Community Trust is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery – 55p from every £2 ticket goes to support good causes across the country and internationally.

For more information about The Gap Community Centre call Chris on 01926 494200.

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