£19k grant for centre

New Mills and District Volunteer Centre has been awarded a grant of £19,100 over three years, from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

The funding will go towards the salary and costs of a volunteer coordinator who is responsible for guiding, supervising and training volunteers.

The centre’s 130 volunteers run social and educational activities in community-based health and welfare groups and the charity works across High Peak covering the areas of New Mills to Chinley including Birch Vale, Hayfield, Whaley Bridge and Furness Vale.

Over 1,000 older people are supported by the centre each year including those who are isolated, house bound or have needs arising from being disabled.

A befriending scheme, transportation and social groups such as the Hayfield over-60s and the handicraft group, are some of the services provided by the centre.

Dorothy Scapens, Centre Manager at the New Mills and District Volunteer Centre, said: “We are very pleased to receive the funding from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

“The grant will enable the volunteer coordinator to continue to recruit and support volunteers. We always welcome new volunteers or requests for our services. Volunteers are central to enabling us to sustain the essential services we offer older people, helping them to be less isolated, and live more active and independent lives.”

Gary Beharell, Grant Manager for the East Midlands at the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales, said: “This much-needed funding for core costs will help New Mills and District Volunteer Centre to continue its work which contributes to the health and wellbeing of disadvantaged older people in the area.”