Charity gets cash to carry on caring

A Derbyshire Dales charity has received a boost after being awarded a £20,000 grant for a volunteering project.

Volunteer Centre Derbyshire Dales was awarded the grant for its Readycall volunteering project by Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

The Readycall service provides volunteers who help older and vulnerable people with tasks and errands in their own homes.

Volunteer Centre Derbyshire Dales chief executive Gill Geddes said: “The Readycall volunteers help our beneficiaries with everything from grocery shopping and defrosting the freezer through to packing up to move house.

“The grant from Lloyds TSB Foundation will enable us to continue providing this vital assistance, which makes our beneficiaries feel safe and confident about living in their own homes.”

The money will help fund the salary of the Readycall project co-ordinator for two years.

The Readycall project has 59 volunteers and supports more than 200 people who need help recovering their skills and confidence after illness, bereavement or who need practical help to stay in their own home for longer.

Volunteer Centre Derbyshire Dales has been recruiting and placing volunteers with organisations for the past 20 years.

The charity also delivers services directly to the community, such as providing elderly and vulnerable people with a transport service, offering help and support, running a health signposting scheme and operating a help desk at the St Oswald’s Hospital, Ashbourne.

Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales is one of the UK’s leading grant makers, supporting small to medium sized charities working at the heart of communities to tackle disadvantage.

Lloyds TSB Foundation grant manager Gary Beharrell said: “Our grants often provide core funding for salaries and other necessities which charities need to continue their day-to-day operations. I encourage other registered charities whose work helps disadvantaged people to visit our website and complete the short funding eligibility questionnaire.”