Southampton-based charity Social Care in Action is delighted to have been awarded £987.17 from the Asda Foundation’s Local Impact Grant, which will be used to purchase equipment for its day opportunities hubs to help improve both mental and physical wellbeing of the people it supports in the local community.
People come to day opportunities for a range of reasons. Most people who come are elderly and frail, many of whom also live with dementia. When they come to visit us they are given the opportunity to try new activities, including reminiscence activities and exercises to remain as fit and agile as possible. Social Care in Action offers a door to door transport service via a fleet of accessible minibuses, and hot meals and snacks throughout the day are on offer as well.
The money generously donated via the Asda Foundation’s Local Impact Grant will enable staff to provide a broader range of activities. Items that will be purchased include: reminiscence packs and CDs of music and events from the 1950s and 60s, along with a range of companion puppies (robots that look, feel and act like snoozing puppies), which have been proven to reduce agitation and provide focus and tranquility for people living with dementia.
Matthew Gwynn, Fundraising Officer for Social Care in Action said: ‘We are really pleased that Asda have chosen to support us in this way via their Local Impact Grant. We make a real difference each and every day to the lives of the people who come to our hubs, and this grant will ensure we use the latest tools, activities and research to make the biggest difference in the local community that we can.’
Debbie Wilson, the Community Champion for Asda Eastleigh, came to visit Social Care in Action on 23 October to present the cheque.