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A PS10,000 grant from Nithsdale Health and Social Care Partnership is set to help communities tackle social isolation and promote independence.

The Day Opportunities Fund is intended for the creation of new groups and activities which tackle the issue of social isolation and loneliness, as well as helping further develop existing initiatives.

Nithsdale Health andWellbeing Partnership (NHWP) - which includes the NHS, the council, the Third Sector and public representatives - distributes the funding.

NHWP CHAIRMANTINA Gibson said:"We're delighted that this latest round of funding has been delivered to the Day Opportunities Fund, allowing it to continue supporting some of the very important work which is taking place within our communities aimed at addressing social isolation.

"Over the last few years we've seen the fund support initiatives such as The Food Train's Befriending Project, theVeterans Breakfast Club run BYTHE First Base Agency at Carnsalloch and Fitness Fun For All at Summerhill Community Centre."

The principle aim of the fund is to reduce social isolation and promote independence among adults aged 18 and over. Applications will be considered for projects or activities which support at least one of the following criteria: | Helping people to feel less isolated and lonely; | Improving health and wellbeing; | Developing new skills that support independence; | Keeping mentally and physically well; Leading a more fulfilling life; | Self-managing a long-term condition. Projects which may be supported include social groups, community activities, carer support, lunch clubs and local history projects.

Heathhall Friendship Club is one of the recipients. A spokesman said:"We presently have 33 senior citizens attending our club on a regular basis, many of them living on their own.We provide them with the opportunity to socialise and make new friends.

"The funding has been used to assist with hall rent, insurance and paying the travel costs of guest speakers.This year we have had talks on a variety of subjects including health issues, Robert Burns, archaeology, glass painting, wood turning, cookery demonstrations and origami, to name a few."

Incredible Edible Dumfries also tapped into the funding to help acquire tools and promote the group. Enquiries about applications to the Day Opportunities Fund should go to Dyfrig Hywel at or 01387 244410.

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Publication:Dumfries and Galloway Standard (Dumfriesshire, Scotland)
Date:Mar 2, 2018
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