The ‘ Tackling Loneliness Together’ Project is aimed at connecting more older people at risk of loneliness.
The EFL Trust were awarded £810,000 from the Department of Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), Plymouth Argyle was one of the 32 EFL Community Organisations to be chosen to receive funding to be able to expand activities under the EFL campaign ‘ Let’s Tackle Lonelineness Together’ which Includes befriending phonecalls, online social groups, pen pal schemes, walking groups and socially distanced ‘garden gate’ conversations to emerge across the EFL communities and reach people who need this vital support right when they need it the most.
One member of the Green Army who is benefitting from the support offered by the Staff of Argyle Community Trust is that of Charlie. Charlie by his own declaration claims to be Plymouths Longest surviving supporter at over 80 years of dedicated support! He reached out to our team asking for someone to get in touch with him, as he was desperately lonely and would love for someone to have a chat too, now that he was unable to get out to watch his beloved Argyle.
The clubs’ Supporter Liaison Manager made initial contact and had a lovely telephone conversation with Charlie where he regaled some fond memories of his time at Home Park, it was arranged for a signed card to be sent to Charlie from the first team hoping that this would brighten his day, Charlie sent a heart warming letter into the team, thanking the Argyle for the card and how it has pride of place in his home, and how he desperately misses being able to visit Home Park now that he is house bound.
Our team arranged a home visit for Charlie, and on hearing the news Charlie was delighted and said ‘ It has made his day’. Todd Hanrahan from Argyle Community Trust, spent the morning with Charlie where they spoke about all things Argyle, Charlie shared some of his fondest memories, one being where he used to carry the players bags from Peverell to the Stadium for a penny, as well as watching John Barnes score in the FA cup Semi Final to name a few. Todd said ‘ Charlie is amazing, what a fantastic guy, the stories that he has been able to share have been great, especially being an Argyle fan myself! Being able to spend some of my time today with Charlie and seeing what it has meant to him has made me realise how important the projects we carry out in the community are. As someone who has lost their own Grand-parent it was equally rewarding for me to be in Charlie’s company I would’ve hated for my Grandparents to ever feel isolated or lonely.’
Charlie said ‘ It’s made my day having someone from Argyle take their time out of the day to come and visit me. I can’t even tell you how much it means to me. I love meeting new people, even though I can no longer get out of the house’.
If you or anyone you know is struggling, feeling lonely or isolated at this current time and would benefit from Argyle Community Trust’s ‘Tackling Loneliness Together’ project please get in touch with:
Health and Disability Officer Emma Potter: Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org or via 01752 562561 ext.5.