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Stratford District

Weekly Wellbeing Café, Alcester

To support positive mental health through a regular community gathering. Funding will continue to provide a place for people to meet, refreshments and regular workshops to help people explore how they are feeling and tools to build relationships and resilience in these challenging times.

Paper Flower Making Tutorials, Mid-England Barrow

The grant funding will be used to invite people suffering from loneliness to join for a tea or coffee and homemade cake, alongside paper flower making tutorials. There is no pressure on guests to take part in the flower making: they are welcome to just enjoy the surroundings, tea, cake and company.

Carers Café Annual Trip, Shottery

The cafe has been running for about eight years now, and is a lifeline to carers who often lead lonely and stressful lives. Funding will allow an annual outing to a stately home or place of interest: this year’s is planned to be Coughton Court.

Lunch Club, The Graham Adams Centre

A lunch club to combat the isolation and loneliness that many older people felt. This funding will subsidise restarting the activities for older people, for example lunch club, afternoon tea, film or bingo afternoons.

Journaling Club, Stratford-upon-Avon

This funding will run a Journaling Club on Saturday afternoons in a cafe in Stratford upon Avon for up to 8 people. The class will be an accessible introduction to journaling, which has been proven to improve mental health, reduce ruminative thoughts and improve emotional regulation.

Men’s Shed, Stratford-upon-Avon

A meeting place primarily for older men in the community to meet others and share their skills and abilities through creative activities such as woodwork, art, and other social activities. The funding will be used for running costs, obtaining expert advice on renewing health and safety policies and procedures, and getting into a position to re-open.

Pride Support Group, Stratford-upon-Avon

This funding will allow for a monthly social support group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) adults in Stratford. The project will provide a safe, social meeting space where LGBT+ people can be themselves, meet new people, explore and express their identity, and seek advice, guidance and support from volunteers.

Rubbish Friends, Stratford-upon-Avon

A group of like-minded volunteers coming together to tidy up litter in the towns in Stratford on Avon District, and recycle where possible. The funding will be used for ongoing running costs as well as looking at governance and renewing policies for future sustainability of the project.

VASA, Stratford-upon-Avon

Funding will be for staff and volunteer costs, venue hire, refreshments, and promotion for a Baby Brunch Intergeneration Café at Tyler House. The group is attended by older people with mental and physical health issues as well as young people who have lost their confidence during COVID, new and young parents as well as those living with Long COVID.

Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project (WRAP), Stratford-upon-Avon

Support and training for people caring for older people in the community, including those looking after a loved one living with Dementia. Funding is for the continuation of the Dementia Café in Bishopton, including venue hire, staff costs and utilities.

Youth Participation Worker, Lifespace Trust

Funding will provide extra hours, to extend our reach and to relaunch Lifespace Lounge on Instagram. The youth advisory panel will be able to design and conduct interviews regarding issues which they are interested in, such as gender identity, LGBTQI, BLM, anxiety and climate change, which can cause them to experience loneliness and social isolation.

Single Parents Social Support Group, Studley

Funding for a new group to meet other single parents for support and friendship.

Feel Good Fridays, The Cherington, Stourton and Sutton under Brailes Hall

Continue the provision of ‘Feel Good Friday’ Social Afternoons, which enable residents to re-connect with old friends who they have lost touch with through COVID, make new friends and build local friendship and support networks across the three villages. Playing board games helps with cognitive function and future physical activities are planned.

Friends of Hastings House, Wellesbourne

FOHH has been primarily set up to improve the health and wellbeing of patients at Hastings House by raising funds to provide new or enhanced services which are not normally provided or funded by the statutory authorities. Funding will go towards continuing a Wellbeing Navigator Post.

Find more information about local groups and community resources at SearchOut Warwickshire.

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