Three Scottish Borders charities have secured £7,500 of funding in the latest awards from Corra Foundation.
Hawick Senior Citizens Association provides leisure and recreational activities and a social meeting place for senior citizens living in the town. A weekly lunch club is run by volunteers and this is followed by bingo sessions and talks from other organisations. Their award of £2,500 will be used to help buy a new cooker and dishwasher which will help make sure the lunch club can continue.
The second award is going to Fresh Start Borders which helps people across the Scottish Borders who have been homeless and are moving into their first permanent tenancy. It provides free starter packs of essential small household items such as kitchen equipment, cleaning materials, bedding and linen. As well as collecting used household items Fresh Start Borders also buys some new items for the starter packs, and their award of £2,500 will be used to buy things like duvets, kettles and cleaning materials.
Elder Voice is also receiving £2,500 which will pay for four editions of their newsletter to be produced and distributed. This newsletter is one of the ways Elder Voice supports older people in the Scottish Borders, helping raise their profile and encouraging them to play an active role by participating in and enjoying the benefits of their local communities.
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “These three charities do great work to improve the lives of the people they support across the Scottish Borders. Even small amounts of funding can make a big difference to local charities, and whether it is buying a cooker to help a lunch club, providing vital items for people moving into their own home or helping older people have a strong voice locally we know the impact of the work we are helping to fund is much greater than the actual monetary value.”