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Reaching Out Across the Malvern Hills

Funded on Spacehive 17 August 2020

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Reaching Out Across the Malvern Hills

Reaching Out Across the Malvern Hills

Age UK Malvern By Age UK Malvern

Help us at Age UK to create a specialist befriending service to reach out to older residents in the Malvern Hills especially isolated during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Malvern Hills District Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 17 Aug 2020!

We will recruit and train volunteers to become the friendly voice on the telephone or, when possible, a supportive visitor. We want to provide a link to the outside world at a time when many residents are still locked inside due to the coronavirus. For some people there is no immediate prospect of a return to normal life, so our team will be available to any older person who would benefit, both now and in the weeks and months ahead. We will especially reach out to: * Care Home Residents – we want to support the amazing work of care home staff by providing extra contact and companionship for residents whose daily lives have been upended by Coronavirus and who've not been able to see family or friends for many weeks. * Bereaved Older People – working with St Richard’s Hospice we want to offer specialist support to those suffering personal loss at a terrible time. Together we can bring some positivity and new friendships for everyone involved.

What we'll deliver:

  • 25 trained volunteers to provide a telephone befriending service
  • 15 trained volunteers to offer home visits – with all necessary infection control

Why it's a great idea:

This project will provide hugely valuable connection and companionship for those for whom the future might look dark and uncertain. Through this project Malvern Hills residents can know that other people in the community do care for their well-being. Together we will build bridges between local residents and help give people confidence to return to everyday life after Covid.

Steps to get it done:

  • Contact all Care Homes in Malvern Hills District with details of our new Reaching Out Service
  • Conduct online training for specialist volunteers in bereavement support
  • Link volunteers with individuals and Care Homes who will welcome their connection


Location Malvern Hills District

About the space

Malvern Hills District


Malvern Hills District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £5,330

COVID-19 Isolation Response Fund - £5,000 (94%)
Other - £330 (6%)

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.

COVID-19 Isolation Response Fund
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction Fees


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:

  • More towards volunteer training for the service

Total £5,330

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