A project instigated by occupational therapists and physiotherapists at Monmouthshire’s integrated health and social care team based in Monmouth has benefitted to the tune of £2,150 thanks to the generosity of Monmouthshire Housing Association. The Owls and Acorns intergenerational initiative, which tackles loneliness and isolation among older people, has received a cheque from the Monmouthshire Housing Association that will allow it to expand its activities.
Owls and Acorns currently meets once a week in Raglan Primary School bringing together older people and children from foundation phase classes to enjoy arts, crafts and exercises for one and a half hours. This shared activity benefits both parties.
The award from the Monmouthshire Housing Association was granted via its Pitch for your Project funding scheme – this offers the opportunity for local groups and charities with brilliant ideas for their community to bid for a cash donation. It means that Owls and Acorns can shortly introduce its services in Usk and Monmouth and staff involved in the scheme eventually hope to work across Monmouthshire.
Chief Executive of Monmouthshire Housing Association, John Keegan said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic project to allow it to expand beyond Raglan to other parts of the county. These initiatives don’t happen by accident; they need people dedicated to their community and willing to put in the hours to make those communities strong, active and vibrant. We have funded several intergenerational projects over the years and love seeing people coming together and finding they have so much in common and are so willing to share their stories and time. We wish Owls and Acorns continued success and would like to congratulate them on a really high quality bid for support”.
Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for Social Care and Health, Councillor Penny Jones said: “This is a fabulous gesture by the Monmouthshire Housing Association and is much appreciated as it will improve the well-being of an increased number of older people across the county and it offers them an alternative to living with loneliness and isolation. I have seen for myself how successful this project is and would like to thank the staff involved for their work to develop it.”
Contact LucyHeath@monmouthshire.gov.uk for further information on Owls and Acorns.