A youth bus project will be picking up rather different passengers thanks to funding from one of the region’s largest social landlords.
The DERIC (Durham Education Resource In the Community) project will now be working with older people in Ushaw Moor and Bearpark every week thanks to funding from believe housing.
DERIC aims to tackle isolation and improve wellbeing for older people. Ushaw Moor and Bearpark suffer from a lack of dedicated facilities for older people and the projects new minibus, which was funded by UK Government (Department for Transport), is seen as the ideal solution. It provides transport to safe and secure venues for socialising.
believe housing provided £500 through its ‘believe housing community grant’ programme to help make the project possible. It is expected that around 60 older people will benefit from a new programme of activities every week using the bus.
believe housing Community Investment Team Leader, Angela Stobbart, said: “This is a really innovative project to tackle a very specific issue in Bearpark and Ushaw Moor. I have to applaud the vision of the team at DERIC and hope that they’ll be able to improve the lives of many older people in these communities.
“Projects like this one are the very reason we set up our believe housing community grant programme. By providing relatively small amounts of funding for grass roots projects like these we can make a significant impact in communities across County Durham.”
Caroline Jackson, Business Manager from DERIC, said: “Our project is grateful for the support from believe housing due to these grants we are able to expand our community based activities and tackle isolation and loneliness so the elderly can form friendship groups and receive advice and guidance.”
The application process for ‘believe housing community grant’ has been kept deliberately simple and funding decisions will be made monthly to ensure local groups are not waiting for lengthy periods to find out if they have been successful.
Full details of the believe housing community grant scheme are available at online here.