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,...

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...

LEATHERHEAD – YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR VOTES (Tesco Bags of Help Fund)

Please help us SUPPORT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES in your local community to continue with their much loved INCLUSIVE golf activity sessions at The Grange, Kites Club and other local centres. Voting is now open throughout January & February 2019 in these local stores: 2812 LEATHERHEAD KT22 0EF Superstores 2191 BANSTEAD EXPRESS SM7 2NN Express 5371 CRADDOCKS ASHTEAD EXP KT21 1QJ Express 6320 EPSOM HORTON EXP KT19 8SP Express 4502 EPSOM RUXLEY LANE EXP KT19 9JS Express 6321 EPSOM STATION EXP KT19 8EU Express 2485 EWELL EXPRESS KT17 1PG Express Voting tokens are given out to customers when they request one after making a purchase in store. We are guaranteed £1000, so the money will go towards funding additional Community Golf sessions that local centres have been enjoying. We need to get as many “blue voting tokens” as possible to fill our box so we can earn the maximum amount of £4000. Please could you alert as many people as you may know in the local community as possible to help – perhaps you could use your social media platforms as well? Your support with this would be greatly appreciated and will obviously benefit the community. @Tesco_SouthEast #bagsofhelp...