Funding puts a spring in the step of local charities

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CHARITIES across Scotland have had a great start to the year with funding from Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland – including the Western Isles Association for Mental Health.

Over £150,000 has been awarded to 34 charities through the Foundation’s Henry Duncan Awards, and all the money will be used to help improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged.

The Western Isles Association for Mental Health received £5,000 funding which will go towards the salary cost of the charity’s four part-time Project Workers.

Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, said: “Our first awards of 2013 range from £2,400 to £6,233 and support the work of charities from Shetland to the Scottish Borders.

“Ranging from IT training for people who are disabled to helping pay transport costs so people can attend a club for stroke patients, to the rent of premises used by an alcohol counselling and advisory centre, charities have got funding for work that directly helps the local people they support.

“Eighteen of our awards will help pay for salaries, and we know that the people doing there jobs are focused on delivering high quality services to make life better for disadvantaged people all across Scotland.”
The next deadlines for applications to the Henry Duncan Awards programmes are March 18th and May 13th.

For further information about the work of the Foundation, visit www.ltsbfoundationforscotland.org.uk