The Football Friends programme is run in partnership with football clubs and their charitable foundations. It connects individuals over retirement age through their shared love of football. Friends of the Elderly is currently running a range of events and activities centred around a series of five-week programmes include stadium tours, digital learning and story sharing with the West Ham

“Friends of the Elderly help relieve

the stress and worry often experienced by older people living on a very low income.”

Foundation called Any Old Irons and with QPR in the Community Trust.

endeavours to raise awareness about the issues that affect us all as we get older.

With 11 care homes in England, the charity offers warm, welcoming and caring environments for people looking for residential, nursing and specialist dementia care. A key priority is to ensure the care homes are full of life, love and laughter and that each resident feels at home.

From supporting people to stay in their own homes through home care to providing day care so people can get together, Triangle Community Services (a subsidiary of Friends of the Elderly) helps people enjoy a standard of living beyond the practical aspect of care. Triangle Community Services also offers a befriending service in Woking, Surrey, which, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers, offers one-to-one befriending, sheltered housing social events and outings. The Stroke Project, based in Hackney, supports 173 people affected by stroke and their families through support groups, an outreach service and specialist exercise classes.

Volunteering with Friends of the Elderly offers people the chance to give back to their local community, learn valuable skills, and make new friends. Opportunities to volunteer are available across a number of services.

Friends of the Elderly is always on the lookout for exceptional healthcare professionals across its care home and home care services. The charity offers competitive pay, excellent benefits and the chance to work in a dedicated, caring team.

A HELPING HAND The ACT Foundation, a grant-giving charity that seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need, recently selected Friends of the Elderly to receive a transformational £500,000 donation towards its grants service, which supports older people who are living in financial difficulty.

Starting from April 2018, The ACT Foundation will match fund Friends of the Elderly’s grants funding over a five- year period, to the value of £100,000 per year. Thanks to this support from The ACT Foundation, Friends of the Elderly

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will be able to increase the number of older people supported by the grants service by 48% over the next five years. Last financial year, Friends of the Elderly gave away 481 grants to older people.

The ACT Foundation partners with several charities across the UK that have the resources to assess the need and tangible benefits of grants to individuals.

Caroline Kendall, ACT’s Operations Director said: “We are delighted to have formed a new five-year partnership with Friends of the Elderly. With their expertise, we will be able to reach out to many more older people who are living on a low income. Our grant, which will be match-funded by Friends of the Elderly, will help fund everyday items and small home repairs and adaptations that will go a long way to enabling people to continue living independently in their own home for longer.”

Steve Allen, Chief Executive at Friends of the Elderly, said: “We are delighted that The ACT Foundation has chosen to support our grants service. This transformational donation will help us to further expand the number of older people who so desperately need our help. What is really important is that every single penny of the money given by The ACT Foundation will be distributed to recipients and for those people; it really will make a vast difference to their lives.”

Those working in care are invaluable to Friends of the Elderly to help to distribute grants to older people who really need them. It’s oſten those working in care who are in a position to identify individuals who can benefit from a grant and who perhaps do not know they are eligible.

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