Aiming to tackle loneliness in Warwickshire - The Leamington Observer

Aiming to tackle loneliness in Warwickshire

Leamington Editorial 31st Mar, 2022   0

TACKLING loneliness in Warwickshire is the aim of a new fund.

Warwickshire County Council is offering residents the chance to apply for a micro-funding grant.

​The small grants are available to individuals, businesses and groups. They may, for example, go to a cafe owner for a ‘chat and natter’ session for older people or a community football team which wants to encourage young carers to play.

WCC social care spokeswoman County Margaret Bell said: “Community is at the heart of every neighbourhood in Britain.




“Covid-19 has shown the kindness that lives in streets throughout the county and this initiative is giving the most caring within our communities the opportunity to provide a haven for those vulnerable residents who would otherwise be alone.

“I would encourage everyone to apply for the grant funding and I’m excited to see what projects are created as a result.”


To apply, residents can fill out an online application form or they can record a video. A panel of judges will shortlist ideas and ensure the funding is fairly distributed across the county with a good mix of projects.

In addition to ongoing support from WCC staff, the winning projects will be required to attend a workshop so they can ask questions and learn how the funding will help reduce loneliness and social isolation.

Email [email protected] for more information and visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/loneliness to apply online.

The closing date for submissions is April 30.

* COMMUNITY organisations across the county will also benefit from funding to tackle inequality and social inclusion.

Twenty-one organisations are set to receive funding from WCC’s £1million Social Impact Fund.

The cash which aims to support those disproportionately impacted by Covid, and to help the county move forward from the pandemic.

The successful applications demonstrated a focus on financial, digital, health, social or cultural inclusion, as well as showing how they focus on community power.

The Heart of England Community Foundation administered the fund on behalf of the council.

The foundation’s chief executive Tina Costello said: “The community groups that work on the ground day-to-day have shown passion and resilience in this time of crisis so it’s wonderful that we can give back to them and support their lifechanging services.

“We look forward to seeing these projects and capital builds come to life to create happier, healthier lives in the county.”

Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wsif for details on the chosen organisations.

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