Lin and Alan Keeling have been part of the ‘You Me and Us’ project for over a year. You, Me and Us is one of our Local People projects, funded by People’s Health Trust, which works with local communities to improve the lives of older residents. Lin and Alan help organise the fortnightly Ketley Coffee Club and many other groups and activities. As carers themselves, it has given the couple another focus, a social community of friends and added “happiness and hope” to their lives.
“We found out about the project when we attended a group called Ketley Good Companions in Telford. The club leader Barbara Evans informed the group about the new project called ‘You Me and Us’, which is part of the Local People’s Project.We put our hands up straight away.
“We felt that we wanted to give something back to our community and thought that this was an ideal opportunity. It sounded really interesting and like a new adventure for us.
“We help with the organising and running of the Ketley Coffee Club which has about 25 people attending every fortnight.
“Although we are closely involved with the coffee club, we also support other clubs and activities through the steering group as the project covers three areas. These have ranged from social dining, afternoon teas and events, chair exercise groups and all kinds of things.
“We are carers and this project has given us something to look forward to and another focus. It’s brought us back to the land of the living.
“One man who has recently lost his wife has just started coming, before then his wife came. He has lived in the area for two years and didn’t know anyone and now he has new friends and people to talk to.
Alan, who is the volunteer Treasurer for the steering group,says he really enjoys doing the accounts “as it gives him a sense of purpose and value, whilst keeping his brain active”.
When asked what they would say to someone thinking of doing something similar in their community, the pair said “Go for it!”
Alex Lloyd, Community Engagement Worker in Telford commented “There is a real sense of people in the area beginning to work together, I love it!”
The Local People project in Telford is one of six Local People Projects
run by Royal Voluntary Service thanks to funding from the People's Health Trust
. It makes grants using money raised by 51 society lotteries through The Health Lottery. These projects take a neighbourhood approach, engaging with local people and enabling them to address wider issues in their communities through collective action.
Find out more about how we are working with local people to help them tackle the issues facing older people in their communities.
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Sunday, 23 September 2018.