Funding extended to support isolated people in Coventry

Voluntary Action Coventry has been awarded almost £225K in National Lottery Funding to continue its Chat Central service across the city over the next three years.

Chat Central is a project designed to help those who may be isolated or lonely connect with others and get involved with the local community.  

Through a range of activities tailored to suit, Chat Central helps people find others with similar interests, have fun, join in with a hobby and meet new friends 

Voluntary Action Coventry supports the voluntary and community sector across the city to provide opportunities and improve the quality of life for Coventry people. The charity runs several projects to support mental health and wellbeing. 

Sue Ogle, CEO of Voluntary Action Coventry says:  

“We are delighted to be able to secure the funding to continue this much needed support. Over the next three years we aim to help reduce isolation and increase the confidence and self-esteem of around 400 people by supporting them into volunteering. 

Suleman Bismillah joined the Chat Central group as a volunteer then participant after finding himself out of work. He has since gone on to volunteer at several organisations in Coventry and now has paid employment in the retail sector. He says: 

“If it wasn’t for services such as this, I don’t know where I would have ended up. I left my previous job without any plan for the future and had no idea how hard it would be to get back into work. 

Being part of this group has given my life structure and really helped me psychologicallyIt has been a real help in getting me back into employment.”