Bid for cash to help keep OAPs active

GRANTS of up to £3,000 are up for grabs to help community groups in Doncaster run projects to keep older people active.

As part of its Active at 60 programme, Doncaster Central Development Trust will award several grants of up to 3,000 for voluntary groups to develop "community agents", who will help older people keep their minds and bodies active.

The idea is that the volunteer community agents will be friendly faces offering their time to help older people understand the importance of improving their health and keeping active.

They will also encourage them to build social contacts and give back to the community themselves.

Chris Brewster, resident grants panel member at the trust, said: "These grants will help the older population of Doncaster by offering voluntary groups the support they need. By becoming a community agent, volunteers approaching retirement will have the chance to include other mature residents in both social and physical activities.

"The scheme aims to help people at risk of social isolation and loneliness as they move into retirement, to encourage them to stay active, independent and positively engaged in society."

Volunteer-led organisations across Doncaster can apply for funding to develop and support one or more volunteers to become community agents.

The fund will be open to applications until March 4. Projects must end by December 31, 2011.

Doncaster Central Development Trust is the organisation taking over the work previously done by Doncaster New Deal For Communities.

For more information about the grants or an application pack can email katie.wall@doncaster.gov.uk or call 01302 735766.

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