The CareDogs Croydon Loneliness Project

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The CareDogs Croydon Loneliness Project

CareDogs Charity By CareDogs Charity

We’re tackling loneliness among older people by collaborating with charities, like Age UK Croydon and Battersea, to help over-55s adopt dogs, providing dog-walking volunteers and a support network.

Croydon Delivery stage

£1,062
pledged of £9,477

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Loneliness is an issue that many older people experience on a regular basis. According to Age UK, the number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025, a 49% increase in 10 years. At CareDogs, we aim to tackle this. We work closely with local Croydon charities including Croydon BME Forum and Age UK Croydon, as well as rescue centres like Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, to find suitable older people who would benefit from a canine companion and support network. We facilitate dog adoption by providing older people with support and advice at every stage of the process. We then provide them with their own one-to-one volunteer, who will assist with dog walking, as well as schedule time to spend with them We’re currently seeking funding to launch a new project in Croydon. By donating, you’ll help us reach more vulnerable and socially isolated older people across Croydon, whether they want a dog, to become a volunteer or be part of our network and events.

What we'll deliver:

  • Trained volunteers to provide weekly one-to-one support to older people through:1) help with dog-walking; 2) friendship.
  • Direct opportunities for local people to volunteer in their own community, while creating intergenerational connections.
  • Regular events and opportunities for older people, helping them to network and reintegrate into their local communities.

Why it's a great idea:

By helping older people to adopt dogs, we’ll enable them to find a companion that can keep them company, bring them joy and in the process reduce the amount of loneliness and isolation that they feel. We will also introduce them to a wider community (of CareDogs staff members, volunteers and local charities and community groups) that they can turn to for support. Through this, we’ll also help them reintegrate into their local communities. There are an estimated 9,860 older people in Croydon (with 5,423 older people experiencing intense loneliness) and Croydon has one of the highest populations of people over 50 in London. Our project will therefore allow us to reach the most vulnerable sooner, while also creating intergenerational connections between volunteer and older people. Older dogs are often the last to be rehomed, In fact, older dogs (7+ years old) tend to stay around 25% longer before being chosen. However, our project will help secure safe, forever homes for older dogs.

Steps to get it done:

  • Acquire required insurance policy for CareDogs
  • Pay for DBS checks for volunteers
  • Train an initial cohort of up to 10 (already recruited) volunteers
  • Buy adoption starter packs of essential dog items for the older person
  • Facilitate dog adoption for up to 10 older people
  • Match older person with their own volunteer
  • Regular support for both volunteers and older people
  • Create a pool of resources, local charities and community organisation for older people to use
  • Throw summer/autumn Party for older people and volunteers at the AgeUK Croydon base in Thornton Heath
  • Host Christmas awareness event in collaboration with AgeUK Croydon and Battersea Dogs and Cats home

Location Croydon

About the space

The Borough of Croydon

Council

London Borough of Croydon

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How will the money be spent?Total £9,476

Sink Fund for any Unexpected Vet Bills That May Put A Strain On The Older Owner - £2,500 (26%)
Dog Adoption Fee - £1,550 (16%)
Space Hire for CareDogs Community Events (5 x 5 hour events) - £1,125 (12%)
CareDogs Staff Travel to Check in on Older Person (once a month over 6 months) - £738 (8%)
Travel Expense to Collect Rescue Dogs - £600 (6%)
Charity Insurance - £338 (4%)
Food/Drink Self-Catering Costs for Community Events - £300 (3%)
DBS Checks for Volunteers - £230 (2%)
Expenses for First Meet up and Coffee - £200 (2%)
Dog Leads To Provide Older Person With - £180 (2%)
Other - £1,715 (18%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

26%
Sink Fund for any Unexpected Vet Bills That May Put A Strain On The Older Owner
£2,500
16%
Dog Adoption Fee
£1,550
12%
Space Hire for CareDogs Community Events (5 x 5 hour events)
£1,125
8%
CareDogs Staff Travel to Check in on Older Person (once a month over 6 months)
£738
6%
Travel Expense to Collect Rescue Dogs
£600
4%
Charity Insurance
£338
3%
Food/Drink Self-Catering Costs for Community Events
£300
2%
DBS Checks for Volunteers
£230
2%
Expenses for First Meet up and Coffee
£200
2%
Dog Leads To Provide Older Person With
£180
18%
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£1,715
  • Spacehive fees
    £402
  • Transaction Fees
    £370
  • Community Event Supplies (for our 'Draw a Dog' art class for older people)
    £164
  • Dog Food Starter Pack (6 cans per older person)
    £150
  • Travel for Volunteer's First Meeting
    £123
  • Dog Bed To Provide Older Person Before They Adopt a Dog
    £100
  • Dog Bowl To Provide Older Person Before They Adopt a Dog
    £100
  • VAT
    £80
  • Dog Blanket To Provide Older Person Before They Adopt a Dog
    £50
  • Dog Toys To Provide Older Person Before They Adopt a Dog
    £50
  • Small Meeting Room Space For Volunteer Training (usually £10 an hour but free for local charities)
    £40
  • Volunteer Training Room Hire at BME Wellness Centre
    £40
  • Dog Poop Bags (To Provide Older Person Before They Adopt a Dog)
    £25
  • Cost of Printing 100 x Posters to Showcase Our Services around Croydon Community Centres
    £20

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Training more volunteers (and associated DBS and travel costs)
  • Facilitating more dog adoptions for more older people (and associated dog adoption and travel costs)
  • More community events for older people

Total £9,476

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