We did it
On 15th July 2020 we successfully raised £6,519 with 137 supporters in 41 days

Bringing colour, flowers and charm to isolated older people in Southwark

by Link Age Southwark in London, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Money raised against our stretch target will enable us to go further in adapting our service provision and make up the shortfall from community fundraising events which have been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation. We are missing out on the vital funds raised at these events, but our services are needed now more than ever.

To ensure that we are continuing to meet the needs of our older friends we have adapted quickly and increased our service provision since lockdown to include a shopping service, setting up new telephone befriending relationships, moving our groups online, delivering craft packs and issuing additional newsletters with important information on support available. These services are keeping our older friends connected to their community at a time when they are experiencing feelings of increased isolation as their regular activities are cancelled and they are unable to go out.

Your support will enable us to continue to provide essential services and support older people in Southwark.


Bloomin' Lovely

Link Age Southwark is a vibrant local volunteer charity that has been supporting older people in the London Borough of Southwark for 27 years. Our support to older people includes volunteer befriending, group activities and practical help around the home and garden. These services reduce isolation and loneliness, improve older people's quality of life - their physical and mental health - and enable older people to live independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

The vision for this project is to adapt and expand our gardening service in an extra special way to show that we care about our older friends. Imagine how simply gifting a small bunch of flowers to an older person could make them feel appreciated or delivering a plant for their garden could show them that they are valued.  

Help us add colour and charm to the lives of older people

Around this time is when our gardening service for older people springs into action and our team of volunteer gardeners carry out light gardening and general maintenance.

As a result of the lockdown most older people have been unable to do any kind of shopping, including buying plants and flowers to spruce up their gardens. This year our aim is to adapt our service for those who are shielding, self-isolating or worried about going out, and bring a bit of colour back into their lives by delivering bedding plants to them. Our volunteer gardeners will deliver these and can help with planting to ensure our older friends’ gardens aren’t left untended.

Bringing the outside in

We would like to expand our gardening service this year and share the joy of nature with those who do not have gardens.

In response to the pandemic, we set up a shopping service for those who are unable to get out and have nobody else to shop for them. We will ask our volunteer shoppers to add a bright bunch of flowers or a houseplant to their shop.  

Our biggest service provision is our volunteer befriending which usually sees volunteers visiting their older friends at home. This has moved to telephone befriending and the pandemic prompted a 30% increase in demand for this service. We will let our volunteer telephone befrienders know that they can surprise their older friend with a bunch of flowers or a houseplant to deliver to their doorsteps.  

Why we need your support

We have had to cancel our planned community fundraising events which raise vital funds to facilitate our services. Your support will enable us to make up this shortfall in order to sustain our service provision at a time when it has never been more important. 

The money raised will contribute to the purchase of plants and flowers as well as staffing costs and volunteer expenses. Crucially the funding will allow us to show our older friends that the local community hasn't forgotten them. These small acts of kindness can have huge significance for those who are feeling increasingly removed from and anxious about the world around them. 

A small contribution from you will help deliver smiles to our community of vulnerable older people who deserve to feel valued.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Your donation will purchase a tray of bedding plants, a bunch of flowers or a houseplant for an older person.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

We will name check you via our social media outlets to thank you for your contribution.

£50 or more

£50 reward

We will name check you via our social media outlets to thank you for your contribution. We will send you an email with photographs of the gardens and flowers.

£200 or more

2 of 10 claimed

£200 reward

We will gift you a free ticket to our Sunset Soiree in 2021 which is held in the beautiful gardens of Bell House in East Dulwich.

£500 or more

£500 Reward

Every year we hold a patrons party in one of our Trustees gardens in East Dulwich to thank all of our individual patrons. You will be invited to attend this prestigious and celebratory event in 2021 where you can find out more about our work.


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