Building friendships and learning new skills – social activities for older and isolated people 2019-2021

Our thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund and National Lottery players everywhere for helping to fund our two year project. We are busy planning the activities for people with sight loss and will start in May 2019 in Redcar, Stockton, Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and Darlington. Follow our progress and see what our groups are getting up to on our Facebook page at GF Independence.

Social Activity Project 2018

national lottery funded

We are delighted to report on our success with an application for an Awards for All Big Lottery grant which will enable us to develop our social activity offering for people isolated in their communities through sensory or physical impairments, mental ill-health and other long term conditions.
In line with our mission statement, our project is focused on having fun through meaningful activity and over the next 10 months we will be running monthly activity sessions in 5 borough areas in Teesside:





                                             and Redcar and Cleveland

We have also had donations from the Freemasons in Hartlepool to enable us to offer additional activities and refreshments in this area, and a contribution from the engineering company Sabic for us to purchase more equipment and resources. Their support is much appreciated, and we will be inviting them to come and see what we are doing!

Menu of Activities including Arts and Crafts offered :-

  • Painting and drawing
  • Clay workshops- ceramics and modelling
  • Collage
  • Glass painting
  • Embroidery, Knitting and Crochet
  • Fabric painting
  • Jewellery making 
  • Mosaics
  • Greetings cards
  • Art Appreciation
  • Quizzes
  • Board games