Three Argyll & Bute charities have secured £11,000 between them in the latest awards from Corra Foundation. All the money will be used to help pay for salaries and basic running costs, which are vital if charities are to be able to deliver their services.
Oban & District Disability Forum and Access Panel (Incorporating Shopmobility Oban) runs a shopmobility scheme and also has a service that monitors, advises, and encourages the accessibility of facilities in Oban. Their award of £2,500 will be used to help cover the running costs of the shopmobility service that is based in the station car park. This is their third award from the Foundation, bringing the total support to £18,650 since 2001.
Autism Argyll has been awarded £3,000 to help pay the salary of the co-ordinator. This charity was set up by parents whose children had been diagnosed as having an Autistic Spectrum Disorder and provides a range of support and information, and works to influence local policies with the aim of supporting other local parents in a similar position. This is the group’s second award since 2006, bringing the total support to £14,300.
The final award in the area is for Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Ltd, which is receiving £5,500. This will to help pay the salary of its project co-ordinator for the Inspiring & Supporting Island Life project, which aims to provide extra support to people such as single parents, the long-term unemployed, children and adults with disabilities, and older people. This is the seventh award for the group and brings the total support to £45,819 since 2003.
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “These three local charities all work extremely hard to improve the lives of vulnerable people in Argyll & Bute. It is these type of services that make day to day life manageable for many people and help people cope even when life is tough. We know this money will all be used to make the biggest difference possible by the three charities we are funding.”