Southern Housing Group funds Christmas project for elderly residents
Southern Housing Group has awarded a grant to support a resident group, the Bonus Ball Team, to create Christmas hampers for elderly residents at Lisgar Terrace Estate in London.
The Group awarded funding through its small grants fund to support a group of residents who wanted to improve the lives of their elderly neighbours with Christmas hampers during the most expensive time of year.
The project was initiated by the estate’s Resident Caretaker, Jeff Banks, with his wife, Sandra, and another resident, Tracey Sheehan.
Jeff said they wanted to make up the food hampers with lots of non-perishable food items to cut costs and make lives easier for the older people living at Lisgar Terrace.
“It’s very difficult for the older residents at Lisgar to get out and do their food shopping, especially in the lead up to Christmas because things are so busy and it’s often really cold, so we always want to help out in any way we can.
“We’re a really close community and the reality is we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the older residents at Lisgar Terrace, which is why we feel it’s important that they know we care about them.
“It’s a real community effort as the local football team also volunteer their time to deliver hampers to residents’ doorsteps.
“We’ve run this project for about 20 years now and the funding has varied over the years. The residents who receive the hampers and the Bonus Ball Team are extremely grateful for the support Southern Housing Group has given us.”
Anabel Palmer, Community Care and Investment Director at Southern Housing Group, leads the team that offers resident grants. She said that the Bonus Ball Team had done a great job in delivering this project every year.
“We support initiatives like these as it gives our more vulnerable residents comfort in knowing they are supported and cared for.
“Our small grants fund provides an avenue for the Group to partner with residents and develop local communities through all kinds of projects and events.”
The team also sells bonus ball lottery tickets to raise additional funds associated with the creation of the hampers.
To find out more about Southern Housing Group’s small grants fund, visit www.shgroup.org.uk/grants