Where Your Money Goes
Every penny donated goes to community projects and activities in Scotland that help fight isolation and loneliness.
Loneliness and social isolation are severely detrimental to our health and increase the chance of developing longer-term health conditions such as depression, dementia, and heart disease. Unfortunately, millions of people in the UK experience loneliness throughout their lifetime.
Carr Gomm aims to alleviate these issues through our community projects and activities across Scotland. Our activities bring some of Scotland’s most vulnerable communities together in various ways, encouraging connection and relationship-building. We are dedicated to ensuring that our activities are inclusive and accessible for everyone, especially those with poor health or low self-confidence who often feel isolated within their community.
Fundraised money enables us to provide many varied additional opportunities for people and families across Scotland to come together and improve their lives.
Any amount of money fundraised can go a long way to providing new opportunities for people in Scotland. Our community projects give people a chance to meet new people, create new friendships, and develop and increase their sense of community by helping people to increase their confidence and determination to live a more fulfilling life.
Fundraised money is allocated through our Futures staff initiative, which allows staff to make suggestions for groups, events or projects that they feel would help the people they support.
Fundraised money has been used to fund a huge variety of different initiatives and community projects that have the aim of bringing people together.
How You Can Help:
£50 could provide a Keep Warm box for someone in need.
£150 could provide a starter kit for a community coffee morning.
£200 could buy art supplies for community art projects.
£500 could create a community garden.
£1,000 could run healthy cooking classes for a year.
£4,000 could set up a community Men in Sheds project.
Big Carr Gomm Challenge
As part of our 25th birthday celebration, Carr Gomm is asking you to take part in the Big Carr Gomm Challenge to raise £25,000 for community projects throughout Scotland.
Every penny raised will go to community projects that will help to fight isolation and loneliness across the country.
For more information and to get involved, visit the #BigCGChallenge page.
Read about our community projects below that are run through generous donations.
‘Keep Warm Boxes’ will be put together and delivered to residents across Argyll and Bute throughout the winter months.
The Dundee Ornamental Garden is a beautiful communal garden where people can come together, mingle, chat, enjoy the fresh air, assist with the garden maintenance, and even get to know the neighbours.
Community Link Working offers non-clinical one-to-one support to people in contact with GP practices.
The Midlothian team created a drop-in space for a range of activities such as coffee mornings, computer classes, dominoes, or arts and crafts; all with the aim of tackling social isolation
Our Digital Inclusion Research Project is a process of action research led by our dedicated Digital Inclusion Researcher, Shannon.
Circle of Friends
Set up earlier in 2019, Circle of Friends aims to bring together individuals who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation through activities and group meetings.
Club Fun is a project led by a group of people we support in Forth Valley. It tackles loneliness and isolation by offering opportunities for people to come together, build friendships and experience new things.
The group encourages local people we support to learn more about nutrition, plan healthy meals, learn to cook more and get involved in growing their own food.
Our Men in Sheds project is a dedicated, friendly, and welcoming meeting place where local men experiencing loneliness and isolation come together to share skills, build self-esteem, and forge friendships.
Our community growing projects use gardening and outdoor activities to actively tackle health and social inequalities.