Friday 6th August

A Bulkington charity which works to combat loneliness and isolation and to promote friendships and independent living has been awarded £500 from the Heart of England Co-operative Society.

Volunteer Friends will use the money towards a new wood craft project for men and women keen to learn craft or DIY skills.

With roots stretching back over 35 years Volunteer Friends organises a number of services including a transport service whose volunteers take elderly or disabled people, as well as people with short or long-term illness, to and from medical or hospital appointments in Coventry, Warwickshire and Birmingham.

It also organises a supermarket trip twice a week, while its friendship group organises wide-ranging social events including lunches, bingo, quizzes and games.

The new wood crafting project was launched to allow people to meet new friends and to learn a new skill or hobby.

Mannie Kalsi is the Manager of Volunteer Friends.

She said: “We are delighted to have received £500 from the Heart of England Co-operative Society. The wood craft sessions are new but already have a waiting list. We are in the process of buying everything we need for the project and this money will go a long way to help.”

She added: “As time goes on we will need to fund the upkeep of the tools and to purchase more materials so a longer term aim is to start making items we could sell from a local market stall so we can fund the overheads ourselves.”

The donation was one of several awarded to charities and community groups in the Hinckley and Nuneaton area so far this year. To date the Society has awarded £4,325 to groups in the area.

Others to benefit include Arley Primary School, which received £500, Attleborough Grange Care Home, which received £100, a serenity garden project at George Eliot Hospital, which received £700 and Stockingford AA Community Club, which received £500.