More than three hundred vulnerable people in Nottingham will be left without a place to socialise if bid for local community support group, Impacd (inclusive movement participatory arts and community dance), is not approved by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Amanda Hose-Hawley, director of Impacd, says over ‘ten thousand people are living alone and over three thousand considered housebound, Impacd exists to combat loneliness and isolation in the community.’

A £1.3 million bid has been put forward to keep the project running for another three years.

Audio: Amanda talks about the struggle to stay within budget.

The funding will allow sessions to run longer throughout the day, give permanent staff a livable wage, as well as give financial aid to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to fund courses in creative leadership.

If it wasn’t for impacd I wouldn’t be able to walk again” – Isobel Dickinson

Isobel Dickinson, Project Support Worker at Impacd, said that finding Impacd allowed her to connect with others in the community again after having an accident that made it difficult to leave her home.

She tells us that ‘participating in the group sessions and talking to people who found themselves in a similar situation played a big role in her recovery.’

Clip: Isobel Dickinson talks about the impact the group has made on her

Many of Impacd’s members described the group as a ‘lifeline’ with it being the only place to socialise with others throughout the week.

Amanda said ‘It would be devastating to lose a place where people can prolong and improve their quality of life.’