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QPR to kick on for five more years

Posted on 28 October 2019

QPR in the Community Trust are delighted to have been awarded a five-year grant from the City of London’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, through its Bridging Divides programme. 

The grant will support the delivery of three over-60s projects – Extra Time – run at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and the Hub Club in Brent. 

Part funded by the Hyde Group, the grant will allow QPR to sustain these projects for the next five years and introduce five weekly sessions to older residents.

We will work with the QPR in the Community Trust to reduce social isolation and enable older people in Stonebridge, Brent, to get active and enable them to live independently for longer, through the Hub Social Club. 

The club continues to go from strength-to-strength, becoming so popular after its first year that the Hyde Charitable Trust provided additional funding to double the number of classes on offer and to provide digital skills classes, helping older residents build the skills they need to access our – and other – online services more easily. 

Fiona Hodgson, Business Development Manager for the Trust said: “We would like to thank City Bridge Trust for this fantastic support of our over-60s projects.

“They are a vital support to the participants and a source of fun, friendship and purpose and also being able to use our experience through this successful delivery to expand to another two sessions over the five years”. 

Hyde resident Mary who has been attending the sessions said: “I’m really pleased this session has been funded for another five years. It’s a lifeline for us older people. I look forward to coming meeting friends and doing exercise.” 

Dhruv Patel, Chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “This project is making a real difference to the community in Hammersmith & Fulham and Brent.

“Social activities, especially outdoors, are proven to improve wellbeing and mental health.

“We’re proud to give funding to strengthen communities and support physical fitness in the borough, particularly for the over-60s. 

“City Bridge Trust is committed to tackling disadvantage and inequality in London, and we will continue to support charities making the capital a better place to live.” 

Sarah Willis, Programme Manager, Successful Places said: “The success of the hub club is built on strong local partnership work with QPR in the Community Trust. The positive impact for our older residents is clear to see; they have a greater sense of belonging, feel more connected and have improved mental and physical well-being.

Evelyn, who is also a Hyde resident finds the sessions really positive: “I now meet people in the community, who I’ve met through these sessions. I never really knew that many people in my locality before I joined this session. Before this I felt very isolated.” 

The funding will start from September 2019 and will support the current projects for the following year, whilst planning begins for the fourth session at the start of year two.