Levenshulme Good Neighbours helps isolated older people to lead independent and fulfilling lives as active members of their community. It works in south Manchester and supports more than 300 people, the majority of whom are aged over 75, and many live alone. The charity employs a part-time coordinator, who recruits, trains and supports a large number of volunteers who act as befrienders, and help with various services.
In October 2016, the Foundation awarded £6,876 which will increase the hours of the coordinator and associated costs. This will enable additional volunteers to be recruited and trained, and thereafter more older people to benefit. With around 60 volunteers already on board, the grant should enable a further 20 to join.