Hampshire projects receive funds to combat loneliness

Hampshire projects receive funds to combat loneliness among older people. Credit: PA Images

More than £500,000 in grants have been awarded to projects across Hampshire that are working hard to combat loneliness and encourage healthy living among older people.

£565,390 in total has been awarded by Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, Councillor Liz Fairhurst as part of a wider programme of Local Authority grant funding, designed to assist individuals to remain independent within their communities.

This aims to reduce the need for social care.

The money has been awarded:

  • £480,000 over 2 years to MHA Communities to help continue their work across the county, providing social and digital activities and services for older people, such as telephone befriending, online activities like dance and exercise classes, and assisted shopping.

  • £20,000 to Age Concern Hampshire to increase the number of village agents in the county who have an important role helping older residents stay independent.

  • £65,390 to be shared among five initiatives across the county to tackle isolation and improve digital connectivity.