Triple C Extending Their Reach

A charity in Liverpool which helps engage elderly people from the community and reduce the risk of isolation has helped to make more of a difference thanks to a grant from the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Triple C, centred primarily around the communities of Croxteth and Norris Green, has managed to engage a further 55 people, in addition to those already accessing its services, thanks to the appointment of a new community worker as a result of a three-year grant of almost £45,000.

The charity, which also makes extensive use of over 75 regular volunteers, is based around three local churches and delivers a wide range of services to the community.

These include the Norris Green Debt Advice Services, a foodbank, summer play scheme and other activities for children and families.

The focus on older people includes running armchair exercise sessions, trips to the theatre, a ‘Chatty Café’, coffee mornings, ‘knit and natter’ sessions and a gardening group.

The appointment of the Older Persons Community Worker has allowed them to expand in this area to run more sessions and attract those new visitors.

Rev Helen Edwards, Chair of Trustees of Triple C, says that over the last 12 months, the charity has worked with 120 older people aged between 55 and 100, of whom 55 are new to the Older Persons Community Project.

Triple C has also continued its development by launching a Good Neighbours networking scheme – encouraging local people to support neighbours – increasing the number of volunteers and also accessing further external funding for projects such as Food Safety and Emergency First Aid training.

Further funding helped open a ‘Memory Lane Café’, offering a warm and welcoming environment for visitors with the aim of then encouraging them to take part in more of Triple C’s activities.

“Triple C has a strong local reputation built over many years for delivering activities, events, trips and support for older people in ‘Liverpool 11’ and neighbouring areas,” explains Rev Edwards.

“This year has been an important one for extending our reach, networking more widely to promote our activities and reach the isolated – it is fabulous to have 55 people newly engaged in our activities

“Funding for the post of our Older Persons Community Worker is key to making a difference.

“The role has provided expertise, leadership, strategic thinking and support and enabled a team of volunteers to bring and use their gifts, time and energy to serve amongst the older people in our community.

“For every hour that our worker is paid, we estimate there’s another two hours volunteering time released.

“Together, we are making a difference.”

Alison Barrowcliffe, who is carrying out the Older Persons Community Worker role, adds:  “Over the last 12 months it has become evident to me how important this funding is, in supporting and encouraging older people who are still living in their own homes in the local community. 

“This funding enables me to continue the good work that has already happened, like trips and theatres, but additionally to focus on befriending people who may have become isolated.

“We want to reach other isolated people knowing that this brings positive transformation in older people’s lives, and empowers people where they may feel they have lost a lot of choice in their lives.  

“The benefits are significant for older people and their families, for those who volunteer and for the health and wellbeing of our caring community.”

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