Describe your project
In February 2018 we established a Rural Social Group that meets monthly in our Village Hall. Following three successful meetings, managed in association with The Farming Life Centre (Bakewell), we have reviewed our provision.Our objective for the group is to address the needs of aged, often isolated and potentially vulnerable, individuals from within our farming and rural community. In monthly meetings we bring together individuals to meet old friends, and make new ones, over a couple of hours where tea, coffee and cake are provided along with a themed guest speaker e.g. the memories drawn from a lifetime of traditional dry stone walling, tapestry and embroidery demonstrations. Working in liaison with The Farming Life Centre as well as the local medical practice we can access guidance as well as identify individuals who can benefit, providing support if needed to enable individuals to attend e.g. volunteer car drivers.
How will your project benefit your local community?
The population of our community is 340, the village nestling in the Dove Valley within the Peak District National Park. A dominant sector of the community remain involved within farming, yet over 50 % are aged 50+. The aged within the community can become isolated and vulnerable and we aim to bring together volunteers from the community to support a monthly meeting that can bring together individuals to socialise within a supportive setting. Thus far 20 have attended one or more of our initial 3 meetings, and a monthly programme through to December 2018 has been produced. By involving the medical practice in the village as well as the primary school we are beginning to build links between different age and social groups , thus strengthening ties and understandings within our rural community.
Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The Village Hall (Charity Number 525048) is the venue and has a management group drawn from local businesses, the Parish Council and volunteers, 15 in number. The Farming Life Centre, based in Bakewell, are supportive providing community liaison support together with an agricultural 'chaplain'. We also are finding support from Hartington Surgery, who suggested this grant opportunity, and Hartington Primary School.
How many people will benefit from your project?
20 - 25 attendees from the monthly Rural Social Group but indirectly all user groups such as the 50+ who attend weekly Wednesday dance club (most aged 60+).
Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
None of our chair stock have arm rests so elderly or infirm individuals find it difficult to settle and rise from seating. We plan to buy 10 stackable chairs with arm rests such as https://www.officefurnitureonline.co.uk/reception-furniture/reception-seating/wood-frame-occasional-chairs/devonshire-wooden-frame-stacking-armchairs.html . Cost will be £40 per chair x20 +£800. In addition we need to replace and relocate two defunct double sockets in our kitchen at a cost of £200 so we can better provide refreshments , not just for the Rural Social Group, but any of the 18 user groups who use our Village Hall over a year . Total estimated spend of £1000.
When and why was your project founded?
Hartington Rural Social Group first met in February 2018. See www.hartingtonvillagehall.co.uk
We will also be raising additional funds through Crowdfunder. More details to follow on 2nd May on how you can support us