Benefiting Older People Fund (BOP)
The Benefiting Older People (BOP) makes awards to support projects that improve the quality of life for older people, specifically that:
Increase access to services for older people who face social exclusion and isolation
Help older people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives regain confidence and self-esteem
Encourage older people to take part in activities that bring communities together
Awards range from £250 - £1,000
Penwith Over Fifties Forum supported those older people who would have been alone at home at Christmas
Penwith Over Fifties Forum provided Christmas lunch for 28 older people who otherwise would have been on their own over Christmas, with a total of 35 people receiving hampers. They were supported with 20 volunteers on Christmas day in order to provide this service.
The Benefiting Older People Grant invested £500 in order for this to happen. The Chair of the group Mr Goninan commented "The grant has enabled us to try to make an impact on loneliness and isolation. The beneficiaries thoroughly enjoyed the company and left with a smile on their face. The company and banter which occurred during the day was a real positive. A couple who lived fifty yards apart spent all day taking to each other and will be meeting on a regular basis".
Recalled memories for the Sunshine Memory Cafe
The Sunshine Café – Memory Club is for people suffering from memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer's and carers. Their activities are varied as it is essential that they have therapeutically stimulating sessions that will benefit their members. The activities they organise include café sessions, sit fit to music exercises, music and sing song, memory boxes and reminiscing games.
The Benefiting Older People Fund has invested in three projects for this club over the years. Firstly the Sunshine Cafe wanted to be able to hire a coach which had the capacity to take all their members and their carers to have a Christmas meal trip, which they had not done before. Their usual trips are in a small mini-bus which has excluded some of their members owing lack of seating capacity so this would enable everyone to participate and make a real event at Christmas time.
Deborah Read commented “ The CCF funding enabled the Sunshine Cafe members to experience a wonderful day out where everyone, including their carers and the volunteers could relax and do something that would otherwise not be possible, owing to the financial restraints of the club that is wholly run by volunteers. The CCF recognizes the work carried out by small voluntary groups and it is this understanding of such organisations that enables them to award grants that benefit so many people”.
They also received funding towards 2 trips outings that included refreshments. These trips are very life-enhancing for their members and their carers who rarely leave their homes. The volunteers enable the carers to relax and mix with other carers.
“This particular activity was quite a boost to our members who recalled many memories as children when visiting woods to pick bluebells for Mothers, School and Sunday School. The walking around the woods and lakes was enjoyed extensively as it was flat and easy”. Deborah Read
The BOP Fund has four funding rounds a year, the dates for 2018 are:
Deadline: 17th May 2018
Panel: 21st June 2018
Deadline: 9th August 2018
Panel: 13th September 2018
Deadlie: 1st November 2018
Panel: 6th December 2018
Apply online using the link below. You can return to your online application form as many times as is needed, and save it as you go along. The online application link can also be shared with colleagues, or other parties, if more than one person needs to contribute to the application.
Apply online (please note you can only apply up to £500 for this fund)