Loneliness is a growing problem for older people, with one in six Islanders now aged over 65 and data showing that 17% of older people make contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week (for 11% it’s less than once a month). The feeling that the outside world is ever so slightly out of reach can leave people thinking they are totally alone… just imagine being home on your own, day after day, the house is silent, the clock chimes loudly and there is nowhere to go and nobody coming to visit.
Our Isle of Wight community has many voluntary and community groups that provide a lifeline to older isolated people by offering support such as lunch clubs, coffee/activity groups, befrienders, transport to companionship groups, outings and daytrip opportunities. The Heart of Isle of Wight Fund will provide grant funding to these local groups.
Applications are welcomed from small local voluntary and community organisations for schemes operating across the Isle of Wight.
Your annual income must be £100,000 or under for your last full financial year.
Provided they do not fall under statutory provision as follows:
- Seniors 65+ in Isle of Wight
- Constituted Voluntary and Community Groups
- Community Centres Groups
- Resident Associations
- Befriending Organisations/Projects
- Organisations Supporting Older People
Provided they do not fall under statutory provision as follows (the list is not exhaustive):
- Projects combating isolation and loneliness
- Purchase equipment for lunch clubs, coffee/activity groups
- Venue hire
- Transport to/from meeting location for attendees
- Outings, daytrips and celebratory events
- Volunteer training/costs/expenses
- Mobility issues or living in rural locations
- The fund is not intended to pay towards salary costs but it will accept requests to pay for a speaker (weekly/monthly or for an event), or a training session that includes payment for a skilled trainer
- Organisations NOT based and active in Isle of Wight
- Organisation with unrestricted reserves of more than 12 months running costs
- Capital building projects
- Application from individuals
- Public bodies: local authorities or schools
- Organisations whose objectives relate solely to benefiting animals or plants
- National charities
- Any party political activity
- Commercial ventures
- Proselytising activities, i.e. active promotion of a specific religion or belief system
The fund is supported by donations from HIWCF Donors, Individual Donors and Local Businesses as an efficient and convenient way to support smaller charities and community groups providing a lifeline to the older people that rely on them.