Funding boost for local befriending charity

A LOCAL charity which provides volunteer befriending visits to isolated and bereaved people is celebrating a funding boost.

Monifieth Befriending Scheme has been awarded a £5,000 grant by Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland to go towards the salaries of its part-time co-ordinators.

The grant takes the amount the charity has received from the Foundation over the years to £15,600.

Mary Craig OBE, the chief executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, said: “Although the charity is a relatively small organisation, it has built up a professional support service for more isolated people and I am delighted that we have been able to make this award.”

The charity provides volunteer befriending visits to older people in the Monifieth area with the aim of improving their quality of life.

At present the service supports 20 older clients and six bereaved clients, and there is a waiting list of three people. The service’s volunteers are aged from the early 20s to one who is in her late 80s.

Lindsey le Grice, the charity’s project co-ordinator for older people, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this grant, which will go a long way to meeting our salary costs.”

Charities which would like more information about applying to Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland for an award should contact the Foundation on 0131 444 4020.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland was set up in 1985 to support local community groups and time has only served to cement its reputation as a community charity. Indeed, most of the awards being made by the Foundation are still given to grassroots charities. The Foundation is governed by a board of trustees which meets six times a year to consider applications and grant funds.