Friends of the Elderly (FOTE), a registered charity founded in 1905, is a care provider that runs care homes and community services in Bedfordshire, Dorset, Essex, Greater London, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Worcestershire.
Through their charitable work, they provide support for older people affected by loneliness and grants to those living on a low income. They work with partners to increase their impact and to raise awareness about the issues that affect us as we get older.
April 2018 saw FOTE become one of our Charity Partners with a £500K pledge made over five years to be used to match fund grants to elderly people in need. Since its launch, the new partnership has enabled 420 grants to be made for basic essential household equipment such as white goods and furnishings.
Lois Walters, Engagement Hub Team Leader for Friends of The Elderly, said the partnership was already improving lives:
“The first six months of this partnership have been amazing. Thank you so much to The ACT Foundation, who has allowed us to give away such a fantastic number of grants”.
Caroline Kendall, Operations Director of ACT said:
“We believe that older people living with some form of disadvantage should have the same choices, quality of life opportunities and aspirations as others. We are delighted that so many people are enjoying a better quality of life thanks to these grants and we look forward to supporting many more people over the next five years”.
One of FOTE’s clients, a 90 year old gentleman who benefits from their befriending service said:
“It’s not just a cup of tea. It’s about being with people…and not sitting on my own all day. On your own most of the time, you go backwards – but I want to go forwards. (My volunteer) is so keen on music and so am I, we just clicked like that. We are on the same wavelength. That had been such a blessing to me. She really is so interesting. I feel so well in myself. I am so grateful. My life has begun!”