Wolves Foundation, the official charity of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, has launched a new project aimed at supporting over 100 older people in Wolverhampton who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation, thanks to our grant of £38,000.
The ‘Golden Wolves’ project will provide support for men and women aged 60 and over who are experiencing or at risk of loneliness and social isolation due to various factors such as transport, finances, living/housing situations, loss of friends/family, and anxiety.
Each session will be four hours long, with a different set of activities on rotation, and will be delivered at Molineux Stadium and various venues across Wolverhampton, including community centres, Gurdwaras, and village halls. The activities will have a social element to encourage the development of new and stronger relationships with peers.
Wolverhampton is in the top 25 most deprived local authorities in the UK, with 23 per cent of older adults living in poverty and 41 per cent living alone. The city also has a high percentage of ethnically diverse communities, which can create further barriers to social mixing. Many areas in Wolverhampton are at high risk of loneliness, according to the Age UK Loneliness map.