The Link Visiting Scheme, a Wokingham-based charity that works with isolated older people has been nominated for an award.
The Link Visiting Scheme was shortlisted at the inaugural Christian Funders’ Forum Awards event held at Lambeth Palace on November 12.
The charity, which began 15 years ago in Woodley, now supports over 200 people across Wokingham Borough through home visits and social events and activities.
The charity was nominated by Cinnamon Network in the category of Best Replicable Project in the awards. Other nominees were Clean Sheet (which supports ex-offenders to gain skills to get into work) and Make Lunch (which provides free lunches during school holidays for children who would normally receive free school meals). The category was won by Make Lunch.
Since 2012, The Link Visiting Scheme has been working with churches across the UK to support them in setting up similar befriending schemes in their area.
There are now nine projects in operation ranging from Yorkshire to Brighton and a further eight projects are due be launched shortly.
Marjie Walker, manager of the local scheme, and Jeremy Sharpe, national project coordinator, both attended the awards ceremony.
Jeremy said: “It was great to be nominated for this award as there are 25 Cinnamon Network projects around the country, all of which are doing a great work, so to be recognised as a scheme focusing on good practice and quality standards was a real honour.
“We have a real sense that issues of isolation and loneliness, particularly among older people, is becoming a real concern for government and other organisations.
“We believe that churches and Christian agencies can become a significant part of the answer to this. By using our model of operation, this can be achieved in a relatively quick and straight-forward way.”
For more information about the Link Visiting Scheme or to get help, visit www.linkvisiting.org or contact Marjie Walker on 0118 979 8019 for the Wokingham scheme, and Jeremy Sharpe on 0300 302 0225 for the national project.