It’s been a challenging year for LGN, as it has for many charities, but thanks to the dedication of our volunteers and trustees we’ve been able to boost our resilience and continue offering support to the older people who need it most.
At this AGM we looked back on our achievements over the last year – notably our digital inclusion project, involvement with meal deliveries, and partnerships with the Inspired Taskforce, Debdale Bowling and Gorton Visual arts. Our Digital Inclusion project has been particularly challenging as it is a complex issue that often requires a case by case approach, especially when an internet connection is needed. Thanks to our funders, (and great ideas from our trustee board) we were able to purchase laptops, tablet and dongles to help local older people get online and stay connected with friends and family.
We have been extremely lucky this year to receive grants and funding from a number of different grantors. We have also been fortunate that many of them have been flexible to allow us to use the funds in the way that we see best, which has allowed us to be agile in our planning and focus for the year. We would particularly like to thank; the Charity Service, the National Lottery, and Independent Age for their support, which has helped us bridge the gap left by the lack of council funding.
As things are now reopening, we have made a plan to start activities on a Tuesday at our local community centre, in partnership with the Inspired Task Force. These sessions will include chair exercise, luncheon club and computer buddies, and are open to all adults age 55+. We are also planning to take on additional clients, and focus on peer-to-peer support in the future.
We also said a sad farewell to one of our trustees Zobia, who is stepping down from her role at LGN. She has been a great help over the past six months, and her input into our meetings has been very useful. We wish her well for the future.
We would like to thank all our trustees, volunteers and members for the help and support they’ve given us over the last 12 months. Thanks to their support, Good Neighbours has been able to continue supporting older people in our community, and navigate the challenges of lockdown and beyond. Here’s to another year at LGN!