Power To The People In Sefton

The Steve Morgan Foundation has awarded a grant of £67,500 to a charity which works to support elderly people in Sefton.

Sefton OPERA provides a wide range of services and activities for local older people, many of whom have multiple health and/or social issues, aiming to make a lasting impact on their lives.

During the past year Sefton OPERA (Older Persons Enabling Resource and Action) has worked with over 12,000 older people, giving many of them a lifeline, and also respite for their carers.

All the charity’s activities are based around improving health & wellbeing, as well as having fun and making new friendships, and reducing social isolation.

This funding from the Steve Morgan Foundation towards core costs will assist Sefton OPERA in moving forward and developing their existing activities with local older people at the lead, as well as developing new activities where possible.

Vikki Martlow, Organisational Manager at Sefton OPERA, said: “The Steve Morgan Foundation’s grant will make a massive difference to our organisation and, more importantly, our older citizens here in Sefton.

“Our aim is to empower older people to make choices to improve their health and wellbeing by providing activities and services which have been identified by older people themselves.

“From our Men Behaving Brilliantly Group, In Stitches Knitting group to our regular information events like Keep Warm Keep Well, we want older people to be at the forefront of our service delivery.

“They are able to identify, design and deliver activities themselves, empowering older people to be active citizens in their community and make a lasting difference.”

Gosia McKane, Development and Projects Manager with the Steve Morgan Foundation, officially handed over the cheque from the Steve Morgan Foundation at a Rock & Roll Charity afternoon for the Sefton OPERA, which took place at Bootle Cricket Club.

Gosia said: “The Trustees recognised the vital work that Sefton OPERA is carrying out in the local community working with elderly, isolated and lonely people.

“It’s an incredibly active organisation undertaking 23 activities a week such as tea dances, knitting and crocheting groups, beauty therapy, music groups and many more.

“They are really making a difference and changing lives.”

The Steve Morgan Foundation has also supported Sefton OPERA previously for their core costs.

Sefton has a higher proportion of older people than the national average, and the charity’s reach has included people aged from 50 to 105.

The charity is also grateful for the help of volunteers, with 120 registered and approximately 50 delivering services every week.

 

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