Staff at a Glenrothes charity that aims to make elderly people less isolated in the community are celebrating after receiving thousands of pounds to support a new project.
Fife Shopping and Support Services has been handed £3000 by the Bank of Scotland Community Fund to introduce a companion scheme where volunteers will visit elderly people and disabled adults in and around Fife.
Four good causes were nominated by bank staff in each community, with customers and the public asked to vote for the groups they would most like to support.
The Glenrothes charity was up against the Lee O’Brien Solvent Trust, Friends of Craigtoun and Howe of Fife Rugby Club, with the Friends of Craigtoun also receiving £3000, while the others received £300 for their work in the community.
Lynne Ogilvie, director and service manager, said she was humbled by the award.
“It’s absolutely fantastic. We’ve been wanting to do this for a while we just needed funds to introduce it,” she said. “This will really raise our status and help with other funding applications.
“When the results came through, we were elated. It’s boosted the morale in the team and it was just so humbling to be nominated.
“The money will go towards things like fuel costs, staff expenses and helping run our charity shop and tea room.
“The aim is to reduce isolation of the elderly and this way we can get people out to visit them and get them out of their houses.
“Our staff visit anyone who has been referred to us who needs additional support – it could be physical disability or mental health.”
Now in its second year, the Bank of Scotland Community Fund is giving grants to 208 good causes and more than 370,000 votes were cast in Bank of Scotland branches, online or by text message.
Fife Shopping and Support Services was set up by Lynne and a small group of supporters in 2010.
The team help people with tasks such as weekly shopping, paying bills, gardening and general maintenance work.
The 14 volunteers reach out to around 1200 people a month, but Lynne said the hard work was all worthwhile.
Bank of Scotland has provided funding to 208 community groups in Scotland through its Community Fund in 2013. To find out more about the groups in your area, visit www.bankofscotland.co.uk/communityfund.