We support charities working with people who are elderly and isolated, particularly in rural areas. This may include activities to help improve people’s lives, or meal services, befriending, advice or other support.

Below are some of the charities who have recently received a grant:

Food Friends Whitstable – Awarded £5,000
Food Friends Whitstable – meal sharing service 

The charity tackles social isolation and loneliness in communities, through food and friendship. Our grant supported the meal sharing initiative to provide weekly meals, along with doorstep befriending to over 100 Whitstable residents. 

Anna Mantel, CEO says: “We have supported a diverse group of Food Friends, many of whom have faced disproportionate challenges due to the pandemic. Over 3000 meals were delivered, each one with kindness and care, combating loneliness and isolation with every delicious bite.” 

Medway African Caribbean Association – Awarded £5,000
A group exercise session at Medway African and Caribbean Association

The charity supports senior citizens primarily from African and Caribbean backgrounds providing a range of activities and delivering nutritious, culturally appropriate meals to local people. Marva Wilson-Harrison, Senior Citizens Co-ordinator told us: “The grant meant we were able to continue to provide culturally appropriate meals to those who needed them, as well as develop activities and befriending to minimise the impact of isolation. We provided our members with a variety of activities, such as Bowls, Boccia, Crafts sessions, Light Exercises, Bingo, Dominoes, a seaside excursion and expert talks… We were pleased that we managed to get most of our members back to regular attendance and out of isolation from May 2021 onwards.” 

Kent Coast Volunteering – Awarded £5,000
Kent Coast Volunteering Good Neighbour’s Service – Patricia and her befriender Paul 

The grant funded a Co-ordinator, enabling the charity to deliver its Good Neighbour’s Service for isolated people over 60 across Thanet, Dover, and Folkestone & Hythe districts. Dedicated volunteer befrienders are introduced to one or more people, and they make arrangements to meet in a way that suits them both. Most volunteers will visit weekly, and may sit and chat, help them get out the house for a walk and to build up their confidence, assist with shopping, and much more. One client, Patricia (pictured above) said “Last week I was able to go for a walk down at the seafront for the first time since lockdown with my volunteer, and before that, my volunteer very kindly asked, “Would you like me to telephone you once a week?…it’s really nice to meet someone who would be thoughtful like that.” 

Romney Marsh Community Hub – Awarded £5,000
Preparing food for their community meal service

The charity focuses on helping people in the community aged 50+ with their wellbeing, health and independence. “The funding we were awarded from The Philip and Connie Phillips Foundation has enabled us to continue to run our community hot meals service. This is an essential service for some of our elderly residents, especially those in rural locations, as it not only provides them with hot meals, but also serves as a welfare check.”