What is the Heart of Hampshire Campaign

The Heart of Hampshire Fund supports those organisations offering a lifeline to older people, through a hot meal at a lunch club, help with transport to attend a companionship group, getting together for a daytrip to the seaside providing a change of scenery or the chance to meet and make new friends through a befriending scheme.

Why do we need your help?

Having a date in the diary to meet friends can transform what could be a lonely week into something to really look forward to. HIWCF is asking local businesses and individuals to support the smaller voluntary and community groups that are tackling these issues, as it is estimated that there are approximately 27,000 lonely older people in the Hampshire area.

How your funding helps

  • £200 can fund one year of transport to a weekly community group
  • £500 can fund one year of weekly lunch clubs
  • £700 can fund a year of monthly outings for 15 people
  • £1,300 can fund a year of venue hire for a community group to hold exercise groups, singing clubs or coffee mornings
  • £2,000 can fund befrienders for a year to provide much needed home visits and neighbourly support for up to 10 older people

Statistics for Loneliness Affecting Older People

  • 20% of Hampshire residents are aged 65 or over, and in the New Forest, this figure rises to 27.2%, compared to 18% in England, according to the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
  • Age UK report that there are 1.2 million chronically lonely older people in the UK, with 40% of older people saying that the TV is their main company.
  • Southern Policy Centre figures demonstrate that by 2039, the number of over 65’s in Hampshire will increase by over 50%. With 85% of Hampshire defined as rural, transport can become an issue for some of these people.

Your donations really help

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