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HCEO Wins National Lottery Community Fund Grant for A-G-E Project


Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation (HCEO) has been awarded a confirmed National Lottery Community Fund grant of £433,382 it was announced on 3rd September.

The funding is for the AGEING-GROWING-ENGAGING [A-G-E] project for three years to support a wellbeing programme for elderly people from predominately the BME community in Hackney. It includes funding for part-time staff: Day Service Manager, Communications & Development Officer, Finance/Admin Officer. Funding also includes an activity programme, advocacy and outreach, an intergenerational programme, awareness raising of healthy lifestyles and exercise, some transport costs to remove barriers for frailer service users to safely access the centre, support towards developing the existing volunteer programme and empowering elders with access to computer and technology.

Social and preventative outcomes to be gained from the A-G-E project are:- improved sense of wellbeing in elders; prevention of social isolation and loneliness; improvement in diet and health; improved relationships with families and carers; better understanding of other communities and their neighbourhood.  HCEO will be working together with other local community groups and statutory organisations to bring people together to achieve our aims.

The National Lottery Community Fund are the largest funder of community activity in the UK.  Thank you to all the National Lottery players for supporting us.

Sacha Rose-Smith, Head of Funding for London at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “When people work together, good things happen. Thanks to National Lottery players we are able to support an exciting range of organisations and projects delivering the activities they want to see in their communities. Many of the projects, such as Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation, we have funded this quarter are focussed on bringing those communities together and enabling people to make new connections. With their ideas, knowledge and passion, this money changes lives.”

Commenting upon the significance of the grant, Beryl Pusey, Day Services Manager, said –

“We are very excited about this award.  It will boost our endeavours to provide quality services and to develop the organisation to tackle some of the challenges facing the elderly”. 





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About Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation [HCEO]

Established in the Stoke Newington area of Hackney for over 30 years, HCEO is a community organisation whose charitable purpose is for the benefit of elders living in and/or with a close association with the London Borough of Hackney. HCEO’s work focuses on sustaining social inclusion and wellbeing in a supportive environment where elders make friends and remain physically and mentally independent. Our work programme includes a Lunch club incorporating health, social and physical activities. Advocacy work to help older people with issues and concerns, and to help themselves. Our dementia wellbeing programme is for those on the cusp of or diagnosed with low level dementia – supporting them to live well, gives the family/carers respite and reduce stigma about dementia within the community.  We provide volunteering opportunities which includes young people on work placements.


Contact us:  Beryl Pusey (Day Services Manager).

T:  0207 923 3536 E: info@hackneycaribbean.co.uk   W: www.hceo.org.uk


About National Lottery Community Fund

The National Lottery Community Fund are the largest funder of community activity in the UK. More than £58million of #NationalLottery funding has just been shared between 1,600 projects in England. This money raised by National Lottery players will support community–led projects, including those run for and by elderly vulnerable people, empowering them to take the lead on things that are important to them and their communities.

Find out more: https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/news/press-releases/2019-09-03/58-million-national-lottery-funding-given