Every year, Cosyfeet offers an award of £750 to two not-for-profit organisations (one national, one in Somerset), who are working on projects within the UK that support and enrich the lives of older people.

West Faversham Community Centre is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Project Award. The £750 award will fund the purchase of three Samsung Galaxy tablets, which local teenagers will use to teach older people how to communicate online. The aim of the project is to reduce the loneliness and isolation that older members of the community can experience by teaching them to use email and social media to stay connected. Local teenagers are keen to help by volunteering as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme.

Tom (16) shows retired local resident Chris how to use a tablet
Tom (16) shows retired local resident Chris how to use a tablet

Street Men’s Shed is this year’s winner of the Cosyfeet Community Project Award for Somerset. The shed provides a meeting place for men to meet, communicate and create using the tools and equipment provided. Members use the Men’s Shed facilities for a diverse range of projects including making furniture and fencing as well as restoring objects such as grandfather clocks, vintage radios and fishing rods. There are currently 54 members, most of whom are men aged over 65, although membership is open to all. The £750 award will be used to purchase much-needed equipment such as a metal working lathe as well as other tools and materials.

Street Men’s Shed members at a Tuesday morning meeting. Left to right: Graham, Brian, Stuart, Richard, Phillipe, Trevor, Mike, Richard, Steve, Tim, Dave, Harry, David, Alf
Street Men’s Shed members at a Tuesday morning meeting. Left to right: Graham, Brian, Stuart, Richard, Phillipe, Trevor, Mike, Richard, Steve, Tim, Dave, Harry, David, Alf