Covid-19 has not only impacted significantly on people’s mental health but has also reduced the opportunities for them to socially interact. This has left many feeling isolated and vulnerable. For those who have existing Mental Health issues the situation is intensified. We are hoping to extend the services we currently offer to allow individuals the opportunity to socially interact with the opportunity to seek support with Mental Health issues. We currently have a weekly coffee club where individuals can come along for an informal chat as well as receive signposting information to other local groups and organisations. We are hoping to expand this and offer to include: - Craft & Chat: a drop-in session where individuals can come along for an informal craft session. Either with their own craft or have a go at something new. We will have a supply of materials to allow participants to try to ensure no one is excluded. This will include card making, knitting, crochet as well as a mix of general arts and craft supplies. This session will be held weekly on a Thursday morning and we would expect to engage 10-15 participants at each session. - Open access session: We will promote a weekly session where individuals can come along to access support with any issues they are currently facing. We will seek to signpost these individuals to existing provision as well as promoting a safe community space they can attend to access support. We will invite Social Prescribers as well as other agencies to attend hopefully allowing individuals immediate access to support. In addition to this we will have tablets available providing internet access for those who need to access online support. - Befriending Support: During lockdown we have utilised volunteers to offer befriending calls to those who are struggling with isolation. With this funding we will be able to continue this much needed support and try to include face to face befriending in a safe space as and when covid allows.
Our Charitable aims are: The relief of those in need by reason of Youth, Age, Ill-health, Gender, Economic Status, Disability or Other disadvantage in Lincolnshire by; A) The advancement of education & training B) The preservation and protection of good physical and mental health C) The promotion of community participation in healthy recreation by providing facilities for the playing of football and such other sports or physical activities which improve fitness and health (Facilities means land, buildings, equipment and organising sporting activities) and D) Such other purposes recognised from time to time by law as charitable. We currently offer a wide range of services working with over 1600 people a week (outside of lockdown) We work with a wide cross section of the local population with activities for people aged 18 months old up to our oldest participant who is 92. In our Venue we host a wide range of support groups such as the local Cancer Support, Dementia, Armed Forces Breakfast, Red Hat Ladies, the Ramblers to name a few where we offer a safe space and a friendly environment for their groups to operate.