Lottery boost for friendship group

By Tim Clarke Wednesday 23 January 2013 Updated: 24/01 09:45

A GROUP which helps people who feel isolated to make new friends and have the confidence to get out and explore the city has been given lottery funding to expand its activities.

The Make Time Friendship Group has been handed a grant of £5,428 from the Big Lottery Fund to develop a packed programme of talks, day trips and workshops.

The group meets every Wednesday at the sheltered accommodation on Sharman Close in Barbourne but members often head out on organised trips or listen to guest speakers.

Jenny Manchester set up the group in an effort to encourage people who feel isolated for a wide variety of reasons to venture out and make new friends.

She said the grant would be used to fund a computer training course, garden scheme, as well as arts and crafts workshops and other activities to help members develop new skills and find ways to relax.

"The money is a great boost to us and we've got lots of ideas for how we are going to use it," she said.

"The group is all about encouraging people to get and about rather than staying at home feeling alone and isolated. It's for people of all ages and there's something for everyone."

The group is also keen to attract new members and anyone interested in finding out more can call Jenny on 07799036926 or email jenny_manchester@o2.co.uk

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