Community support

Funding level: £5,001 to £10,000


Old Oak Community Centre has a unique monthly event that needs YOUR help!

We want to help tackle social isolation for the older generation via our monthly ‘As Young As You Feel’ social meetups. The events will be planned and led by children living locally in East Acton. Each month they will work together to plan and host an exciting event for the older members of their community, held on the last Thursday of every month at the Centre.

What’s more, our meetups will involve the Old Oak Centre’s Bubble & Squeak surplus food project, who will donate surplus produce to cater for the event offering delicious Afternoon Teas and surplus food for attendees to take home. Local children and older residents (particularly those living in isolation) can engage together in different fun activities together, learning and sharing with each other along the way.

For the older generation, this project will encourage friendship, companionship and improve community spirit through interacting with the younger generations and other residents. They will forge and create new relationships.

The food for the meetups is provided by Bubble & Squeak, which is also ran at the Centre. They collect surplus food from supermarkets and markets via their fantastic partnerships with food waste charities. The food is perfectible edible and otherwise would have gone to landfill. We believe this partnership provides a brilliant opportunity to showcase how working together as a community to reduce food waste and our environmental impact can also be used for fun and joy for some of the oldest (and youngest!) members of our community.

The children (who attend the long-standing weekly Children’s Club at the Centre) will develop their creativity, enthusiasm and teamwork skills and will plan & deliver the monthly events with the Children's Club Tutor.

Volunteers living locally will help to deliver the ‘Afternoon’ through picking up guests (especially those who may be less mobile) to serving the guests, picking up the surplus food and ensuring the monthly event happens smoothly.

The project is based on a pilot we recently ran where we invited older residents and grandparents of the children living locally to afternoon tea. They played table games with the children and this was extremely successful. We had over 70 guests in attendance with the local Maternity Champion volunteers helping serve the tea! The children also prepared the food and arranged the games.

Age UK wrote an Evidence Review on Loneliness which gave some alarming facts which spurned the need for this project, facts such as:
*Nearly half of older people (49% of 65+ UK) say that television or pets are their main form of company
*Loneliness can be as harmful to our health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
*People with a high degree of loneliness are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s as people with a low degree of loneliness

Your £10,000 will enable us to:
- Hold a once a week 5-12 Years Children's Club. The Club's Tutor will deliver a cross-curricular range of activities where the children will plan and effectively deliver the afternoon tea event.
- Hold a once-monthly event at the community centre where elderly residents can attend.
- Pay for a project and volunteer coordinator (one day a week) to manage the project, as well as engage with the more isolated residents on the estate to encourage them to attend.
- This is at a low cost of £187 per week!

We need this funding as we want to provide regular opportunities for elderly and young people to engage with each other on a regular basis.

We need this level of support because we believe in empowering children to care about their community, run their own project and have fun!

Thank you for reading our proposal ... and remember you are only #asyoungasyoufeel

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Old Oak Community & Childrens Centre

Moment of Pride

We are so proud of this project because we believe this fantastic group of children ARE the change they want to see in the world.

Location: East Acton, London, United Kingdom