Bottesford's Friendly Bench receives funding for new inter-generational project
People of all ages will be able to get their their hands dirty as part of a new inter-generational gardening project.
The Friendly Bench, a community project in Bottesford that tackles loneliness and social isolation, has received funding from Postcode Local Trust, a grant giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery,
The grant has been given to the community group to deliver Blossoming Friendships, an intergenerational gardening project which will pair primary school children with elderly residents to take part in gardening activities at The Friendly Bench.
Lyndsey Young, who is behind The Friendly Bench idea, and Caroline Arthur will deliver a programme of activities to encourage and build stronger connections between Bottesford Primary School and older residents through a mutual exchange of experience, knowledge and skills.
Lyndsey said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring different generations together in such a positive way. Blossoming Friendships is about sowing the seed of acceptance, friendship and community, helping build stronger connections in our village, fostering a sense of belonging and ownership through positive interactions with others.”
The Friendly Bench was launched earlier this year to help connect the elderly and socially isolated to each other.
They will also be hosting a Silver Sunday Afternoon Tea at the bench tomorrow between 2pm-4pm. Residents will be able to enjoy a cup of tea and tuck into a variety of cakes. There will also be live music. Everyone is welcome.
Visit www.thefriendlybench.co.uk or Facebook.com/TheFriendlyBench