Caring Operations Joint Action Council
COJAC applied to Glasgow’s Community Health and Wellbeing Fund to offer wellbeing support to adults with disabilities and, in turn, their carers. Based in Glasgow’s South side, COJAC’s centre offers a range of caring services to children, young people and adults with disabilities.
Their successful application for funding was particularly aimed at supporting adults they knew had suffered greatly throughout lockdown. Severely affected by isolation as a result of the pandemic, many services and programmes previously available had not returned.
With a £10,000 grant from the fund, COJAC now offer an evening group for adults on a Monday and Tuesday evening. Their skilled and passionate team offer a range of activities at the sessions. From more physical activities such as Zumba and hoola hoops which have proven popular, to learning about healthy eating and making smoothies, they listen to feedback and aim to make the sessions as engaging as possible.
A key part to the success of the programme is the transport the team are also now able to offer. Those attending can be collected from home and returned later in the evening – allowing carers a key opportunity to have time for themselves. This transport also ensures that there are no barriers to anyone attending through lack of available transport.
The team at COJAC told us:
“This funding has been vital in ensuring the continued support of our disabled adult service users and their carers. They and their carers have been hit hard by the pandemic, with the slow return of local authority services to pre-pandemic levels which continues to have a substantial impact.
When we were allowed after restrictions lifted, we were able to move quickly to restart our service safely. This funding has been a lifeline enabling COJAC to provide a break for carers, whilst improving the health and wellbeing of disabled adults.”
To find out more about COJAC and the support available, visit their website here.
More about the Fund
The first phase of the Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund saw a total of £2.7m granted to community wellbeing projects across Glasgow. Read more on our blog. The Scottish Government has also announced £15 million for second year of funding. Read more in their press release.
The Communities Health and Wellbeing fund in Glasgow was coordinated by Glasgow CVS with help from partners including: Volunteer Glasgow, Glasgow Social Enterprise Network, Glasgow City HSCP, Glasgow City Council, North West Voluntary Sector Network, Voluntary Sector North East Glasgow, Voluntary Sector Voice, West of Scotland Regional Equality Council, Glasgow Disability Alliance, Scottish Refugee Council, Glasgow Life, Mental Health Network Greater Glasgow, Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow Equality Forum, LGBT Health Scotland.