Care provider the St Monica Trust has made a £100,000 donation to seven local organisations and charities.
Under its Community Impact programme, the £100,000 donation was spread across a variety of worthy causes, including: The Bristol and Avon Chinese Women’s Group, Bristol Poverty Action Group, Life Cycle, North Bristol Advice Centre, Southern Brooks and Way Out West.
Community Connections Manager, Debbie Wills, said: “The Community Impact funding initiative originally planned to award grants totalling £60k. However, the quality and breadth of the applications we received was so overwhelming that we agreed to increase the available funding to £100k.
“We’d like to thank everyone who took the time to apply for funding and we think we’ve chosen a broad range of organisations who are all providing vital services for older people across the south west. This includes helping older people to access welfare services, encouraging isolated older people to engage with social activities and funding a community choir.”
The funding will support established projects that are already making a difference in their local communities, rather than funding start-up projects. The aim is to support organisations to continue providing vital services for older people, whilst looking for ways of improving levels of sustainability.