Clarets’ charity hailed as Community Heroes!

Clarets’ charity hailed as Community Heroes!

Burnley FC in the Community is thrilled to have scooped the Companionship Award at last night’s inaugural BBC Radio Lancashire Community Heroes Awards.


Taking place at Preston’s Guild Hall, the awards ceremony celebrated inspirational individuals and organisations from across the county who are making a real difference in their respective communities.


Burnley FC in the Community were awarded the accolade for the work the charity’s Health and Wellbeing team is doing to combat loneliness and social isolation in senior citizens.


The charity was nominated by participants of Burnley FC in the Community’s Extra Time programme; a programme that offers free, weekly social sessions for over 50s living in the Burnley area.


On receiving the award Abby Turner, Head of Health and Wellbeing at BFCitC, said: “To be nominated for this award by two of our own participants was humbling in itself – but to walk away as winners, for such a special award, is an honour.


“It’s been wonderful to watch the session grow since it started in March 2015. When we first got the project going, there was just a handful of senior citizens joining us every week. Three years later, we have over 60 people attending the session every week.


“We have got to know our participants really well over the past few years and we know the programme makes a difference. I extend my thanks to the BFCitC team for their hard work and to all our lovely volunteers who help us every week.  We’ll certainly be celebrating with a party at this Wednesday’s session!”


Extra Time is a free social session for over 50s that takes place at Turf Moor every Wednesday morning from 10am – 12pm. Tackling issues such as loneliness and social isolation, as well as helping to increase participation in physical activity among the senior community, our friendly and welcoming team provide a range of activities to get involved in.


For more information on Extra Time please visit:


If you would like to come along to our sessions or know someone who may benefit from Extra Time, please contact our Health and Wellbeing Officer Sam Wilcock on or 01282 704716.


Watch Jackie’s Story below for a better understanding of Extra Time’s positive impact…