Funding bringing the community closer to care homes

A community volunteer project will extend its work with care homes across Wigan Borough thanks to a fund to transform adult social care. Community Circles is one of the organisations to have received £188,333 in funding as part of a £1million pot of money aimed at making the borough’s care homes fit for the future. The project will be working with care homes by linking into community connections like volunteer groups and businesses to build a circle for people who are in need of support or by bringing an extra dimension to the services already on offer in the home. In the borough 70% of care homes are rated as Good by the CQC and the work with Community Circles will aim to help raise the levels of care to outstanding by creating better links between care homes and the wider community. This work will build on many innovative projects already taking place at care homes such as welcoming local neighbours for lunch, this targets those who might be living alone and welcome company.