Didsbury Good Neighbours have received £1,563 of grant funding from our Stronger Communities Fund to create an ‘Open Garden’ for older residents who experience high levels of isolation.
Didsbury Good Neighbours is a neighbourhood charity who’ve been going strong for ten years with the aim of enabling older people in South Manchester to lead independent and fulfilling lives, especially those in need due to physical or mental frailty, isolation or poverty. They provide high quality one to one befriending, activities to support mental and physical wellbeing and support services which all go towards the aims of promoting social inclusion.
Since the pandemic lockdown regulations were introduced they adapted their work, offering telephone befriending, shopping and information services. During the lockdown, they’ve maintained regular contact with an incredible 150+ members, phoning weekly, delivering shopping, newsletters and cakes produced by some of their 100+ volunteer army! They matched members with each other, ensuring that they get regular calls, especially where they have no family.
One of the activities that DGN gets most requests for is gardening! It’s been proven that gardening improves many aspects of mental health across all ages, but takes particular significance here when DGN have told us that many of their members have moved into retirement homes and miss their gardens. We’re funding them to create an ‘Open Garden’, which will host a range of activities including growing plants from seed, information sessions, outdoor activities under shelter due to the gazebo we’re funding, and plenty of seating for members to rest on.
We’re proud to fund Didsbury Good Neighbours from our Stronger Communities Fund, where we ask Mancunians how we can help them make their community a safer, greener, happier place to live! More information on these grants and how to apply here.