Golf in the Park 2019

August’s array of weather conditions did not dampen our enthusiasm for golf!  We are delighted to report that our Golf in the Park (GitP) project delivered 76 hours to a total of 706 participants across 7 various sites in Surrey over 6 weeks – 53% were Male and 47% were Female.  Overall 42% of our participants played golf for the first time. #no frills #gitp #familyfun Click for more...

Localgiving & Postcode Community Trust – Magic Little Grants 2019

We recently received a Magic Little Grant through the partnership between Localgiving (https://localgiving.org/) and the Postcode Community Trust (www.postcodecommunitytrust.org.uk) .  The Postcode Community Trust  is a grant-giving charity funded entirely by players of People’s Postcode Lottery (www.postcodelottery.co.uk).  Localgiving is the UK’s leading membership and support network for local charities and community groups. Community Golf received a £500 grant to cover the cost of upgrading some of our equipment, regripping clubs and the development of some new bespoke equipment for weekly skills games. Thank you so much for the support as being able to do this has a positive impact on how our participants play the weekly skills games, especially those with arthritis and limited use of both hands. #inclusivity...

Thank you to the Heathrow Communities Together Fund

As part of our Active Communities project, we have received a grant from the Heathrow Community Fund.  Community Golf was awarded the donation under Heathrow Community Fund’s Communities Together (www.heathrow.com/communityfund) grant to support three of our 60+ groups (including those living with dementia) in West Surrey.  The theme of the project is to increase social inclusion and community cohesion. “We are delighted to receive this grant which means that we can extend delivery of our Active Communities project to Orchard Dementia Centre, Eileen Tozer Day Centre and Carers Dementia Support Group in Woodham & New Haw.  They just enjoy the sessions so much and it is enlightening to see the change in some of the participants being active”. (Mandy Jarvis, Operations Director for CG) The “Super Summer Series” within the project, will continue to deliver golf themed fun and inclusive putting and chipping activity skills sessions in a safe “no frills” environment, where participants will be active weekly reducing isolation, promoting social inclusion and physical and mental well-being. Over the course of the weeks, we see huge changes in participants energy and wellbeing. The hour long sessions give us the chance to get them up and taking part in something that for the most part they normally get involved in. From just sitting around to actually doing something which entails movement, effort and balance are of huge benefit to them. Benefits to them personally include an increase in energy levels resulting in improved physical and mental wellbeing, as well as engagement with other people resulting in less isolation and loneliness. All these factors can not only benefit our participants,...
“Changing Attitudes” – TheSocialGolfer.com Open 2019

“Changing Attitudes” – TheSocialGolfer.com Open 2019

Community Golf were thrilled to be chosen as TSG’s (www.thesocialgolfer.com) charity for their 2019 Open event. This annual event took place at Bletchingly Golf Club on Sunday 21st July 2019, with the theme for the day was all about “changing attitudes”… The Social Golfer online golf community (TSG) is a place where you can find new golf partners & societies, join local golf games and events in your area or county. In addition, they provide a platform on which to run golf societies and golf groups, track your scores, establish a handicap certificate and join in with the latest chat and forum discussions. The TSG Team, chose Community Golf as their charity for 2019, as we are passionate about supporting disabilities, especially when directly using golf to drive activity and exercise. The day began with gorgeous sunny weather which was filled with laughter and good spirits as the golfers enjoyed their round with loads of prizes up for grabs. They were also tasked with some Skills Challenges which we use in our weekly challenges across our various programmes. Common phrases heard on the day included: “This is  harder than it looks!” The day was concluded with a superb BBQ spread, auction, raffle drawer and prize-giving The full list of winners from thesocialgolfer.com event include: TheSocialGolfer.com – Women’s Trophy… 1st – Ruth Brand – 35 Pts 2nd – Judy Lilley – 30 Pts TheSocialGolfer.com – Men’s Trophy… 1st – Damian Benstead – 37 Pts 2nd – Mark Crane – 36 Pts 3rd – Chris Knight – 34 Pts (on countback) Golf News Guest Trophy…1st – David Graham (Community Golf) NP (2nd hole) – Rob BurnellNP (17th Hole) – Paul...

60+ Active Communities Event at TopGolf

On the morning of the 18th July 2019 we met 30 of our 60+ Active Communities participants at TopGolf, Addlestone for a morning of golf, fun and food. Members from the Eileen Tozer Centre, The Dementia Carers Support group and the Orchard Dementia Centre joined us to test their skills on the 14-hole adventure golf course. They set off in 6 teams to navigate the course, avoiding the water and crocodile hazards that tried to put them off their game! After the golf, all the participants enjoyed a great lunch, where the food was secondly only to the laughs and banter of the morning. Maggie and Ann from the Eileen Tozer centre explained how ‘it was great to be together and to have a natter – and it’s really accessible to others!’ Audrey from the Dementia Carers Support group agreed calling it ‘a really fun day!’ Finally, the clients from the Orchard had a ‘great day’ stating ‘it was lovely to be in the fresh air, I’m really surprised at my success!’ It was a great day out had by all before starting our Super Summer Series this week! Thank you to the Wisley Foundation for their...

KITES CLUB GOLF FUN DAY AT HORTON PARK GOLF CLUB – 10 JULY 2019

It is the third year we have enjoyed a great day of golfing activities at Horton Park Golf Club with the Kites Club who are supported by The Sunnybank Trust.  Prizes were awarded for the Nearest the Pin Putt; Longest shot and Chipping Net Challenge. This is what some participants had to say : Alex – “A nice variety of games”. Julie W – “You all helped us to play hard”. Sebastian – “I have tried my hardest, but I have enjoyed it”. Lesley (Choices Manager) – “It is nice to see the guys being able to achieve something at some level”....

Grants from The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust and BOOST

A massive thank you to The Misses Barrie Charitable Trust and BOOST (Building On Overlooked Sporting Talent) for their recent grant awards. These will help facilitate regular golf skills throughout the year for some care homes and day centres that are part of our 60+ Active Communities Project. Through our innovative “no-frills” format age & physical mobility do not prevent participants from taking part. We have players with dementia, limited mobility and in wheelchairs – the average age being 84.5 years old (oldest 102!). The elderly in day centres/care are not usually engaged in stimulating activities and through golf we have inspired participants to try other activities like laughing yoga and armchair aerobics. Our aim is to keep as many people active in the centres as possible, with some healthy competition too. Feedback shows the value of the activity sessions: “It’s been great to see our clients enjoying the golf sessions, they look forward to them every week” (Staff member at Barnfield Care Home). “Community Golf is really enlivening our social group, it gives them more physical energy and there’s always a lovely upbeat mood.” (Staff member at Elmwood...

The Wisley Foundation support 60+ Active Communities project 2019

It’s always great to give a personal point of view, so as the main activator for this project in West Surrey, I wanted to share the impact I see every day that our golf sessions are having on our 60+ participants throughout our various sites. The Wisley Foundation granted us funding in 2018 which enabled us to run our sessions across 8 sites within Surrey. Across the year we ran over 200 sessions, delivered 3 events, engaging 180 participants including many with dementia (68% aged 75-89 and 15% aged over 90) who competed in our weekly 1-hour golf sessions. 65% of our participants were female and amazingly, 73% had never played golf before! I’m delighted that this year they’ve chosen to support 6 of our 60+ sites within our Active Communities project throughout 2019. Despite a remarkable improvement in their putting and chipping skills, the most amazing part of witnessing the sessions is the overall mood and clear enjoyment of the participants, whether they are seasoned golf pros or only recently picked up a club for the first time. The sessions are competitive, with banter, laughter, tea and coffee flowing throughout the hour and beyond. Participants are often sat chatting while I am setting up the equipment, commenting on the game for the week, telling stories about their youth and family and sharing their top TV pics, which is great to see considering they have only really known each other for a year or so. It was great to meet Julian (Chair of Wisley Foundation) again at the Wisley Golf Club recently and sit down with him over a...

Community Golf is The Social Golfer’s chosen charity for 2019

This year, Community Golf have been chosen as the charity that will benefit from The Social Golfer’s annual Open Championship in July. In order to give a true flavour of our sessions, we invited Ian and Brigitte from The Social Golfer (TSG) down to one of our popular Friday morning sessions at The Grange, Leatherhead. Not only are the Grange a really fun bunch, they were also the winners of our Autumn 2018 league and also boast having the individual Autumn league top scorer within their ranks, so Ian and Brigitte were definitely going to be put through their paces! We showed them a variety of our games, equipment and ways that we aim to make golf accessible to all. As usual, we set up our three games (pictured below) to challenge our regular participants and our new TSG friends including ‘Climb the Ladder’, our points game for the week; ‘Pitch It’ (our points game for the next week) and a randomly selected third game which this week was ‘Horseshoe Putt’. ‘Climb the Ladder’ involves laying an agility ladder flat on the floor, with the aim to putt the ball into the last section of the ladder so it stays in there for maximum points. We use larger than usual golf balls to aid with accessibility and sight for our participants. ‘Pitch It’ is always a firm favourite with the participants and involves trying to chip the balls into our ‘green’, consisting of large green paddling pool complete with flag. Finally ‘Horseshoe Putt’ involves trying to putt a golf ball into one of five coloured horseshoe shaped rings, with...