Funding officer Joan McCrum visited the FACT project to join in their two-year anniversary celebration and learned about the changes the project is making to the lives of older people in Fermanagh and Armagh.
I had the pleasure on Wednesday last week (the 11th of June) to be part of the 2 year celebrations of the FACT project which we fund. It has resulted in over 700 older people becoming part of a wide range of activities, from health sessions to line dancing, art classes to walking groups.
Older people can lead isolated and lonely lives, but the FACT project is ensuring that they are part of an active, connected community. The event was also a showcase for the beautiful art and craft work produced by the groups and three members also read poems they had written about the how the project has changed their lives for the better.
Being a guest at the FACT celebration was a great opportunity to meet some of the people who have benefitted from the project. I spoke with one woman who had recently broken her arm. She said that before she joined the project she would have been housebound as a result, but the new friends she had made at FACT are now in regular contact and are helping her carry on with everyday life.
Fermanagh and Armagh Connecting Together (FACT) is a partnership initiative between South East Fermanagh Foundation and County Armagh Phoenix Group funded by Big Lottery Fund under the Reaching Out Connecting Older People funding programme. It provides community-based services for hundreds of people aged 60+ within Counties Fermanagh and Armagh.