Holbeck Elderly Aid win the Lottery

Holbeck Elderly Aid secure £475,747 of Big Lottery funding for older people living in the local area

Elissa Newman (left) at Holbeck Elderly Aid's Tour de France tea party
Elissa Newman (left) at Holbeck Elderly Aid’s Tour de France tea party

Holbeck Elderly Aid, the local neighbourhood network for older people in the Holbeck area, has announced today (12 May 2015) that it has secured £475,747 of funding to support the growth of the organisation and its services over the next three years. The funding has been secured via the Big Lottery. The funding will be invested across the three years in developing services and activities to help older people retain their independence for longer and encourage an active later life under a programme of work called ‘Better Living Matters’.

John England, Chair of Holbeck Elderly Aid:

“Our primary purpose as an organisation is about making older people’s lives better and this funding has come at a crucial time for the organisation. As the numbers within our older population in the Holbeck community increase we are seeing additional demand on the need for our services – from one off advice to more intensive 121 support, as well as co-ordinating groups and activities that prevent social isolation and loneliness within our community. This funding will help us start to plan how to address these increasing needs, extend our support services and consider how to sustain our organisation after the funding has been used.”

Elissa Newman, Chief Officer of Holbeck Elderly Aid notes:

“This funding is a significant sum and will make a huge impact locally on the lives of many older people. Holbeck Elderly Aid provides a vital service to older people in the Holbeck area. It is not all about managing crisis points but also about being proactive and planning activities and services that can improve well-being, help older people retain independence and ultimately help them live better for longer.

“The funding also opens the door for us to develop a unique partnership of voluntary sector, funders, local council and businesses’ in the community to work together to ensure that the lives of older people in the area are continually improved. This Big Lottery Funding will play a core role in helping to establish this vision over the next 3 years.”