Grants help isolated older people get out

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VOLUNTARY and community sector organisations are to receive a share of nearly £130,000.

The cash is part of the West Sussex County Council public health prevention and wellbeing grants programme.

The grants fund innovative, community-based activities for residents designed to enable people to get out and about, make friends and see others.

This year awards ranging from under £50 to £5,000 were given to a variety of charities or organisations based around the county.

They will be used for a number of different projects that will help to tackle social isolation – particularly among older residents.

These include tea and chat groups, choirs and fitness and learning activities.

To find out more about the grants, go to westsussex.gov.uk.