Second round of Pargiter Trust funding this year to benefit the elderly

 A second round of funding is now available to help organisations working with the elderly in Guernsey. Funds will be awarded via a grants programme, which opens today, and charitable organisations are invited to apply.                   

The Guernsey Community Foundation is acting on behalf of the Pargiter Trust to distribute £50,000 during 2014 to charitable and voluntary organisations including church groups working with the elderly.

This will be the second funding round this year. The current round of applications will be open until Monday 8 December.

A spokesperson from the Pargiter Trust said: “The Trustees are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Guernsey Community Foundation to help support older people in Guernsey. This exciting initiative promotes new opportunities for communities to come together to help older people.”

Grants may fund existing services or facilities, or new initiatives and can contribute to either capital costs such as funding new equipment or support on-going running costs. The Trust will also accept applications from organisations supporting carers of older people and may also accept applications from professionals working in this field. The Trust will award grants to non-profit organisations including charities and voluntary groups and will support projects meeting one or more of the following themes:

o   Improving health & well-being – reducing isolation, providing hot meals and refreshments and helping older people to stay active through sports, arts, recreation, social clubs and volunteering;

o   Improving access to facilities, advice and training – providingtransport, supporting Good Neighbourhood and befriending schemes and improving access to information and IT for older people;

o   Overcoming problems - helping older people who are experiencing difficult circumstances due to an illness, injury, disability, bereavement or financial difficulty;

The Guernsey Community Foundation is managing the application and distribution process on behalf of the Pargiter Trust. Anyone interested is asked to contact Dave Chilton at the Foundation on 748056 or davec@foundation.gg . Further details, along with application forms, are also available on the Foundation’s website www.foundation.gg

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Note for Editors

The Honorable Isobel Cooper-Heyman founded the Pargiter Trust in 2005 to support older people. Isobel was a Trustee of The National Benevolent Fund for The Aged (NBFA) for a number of years and was a passionate campaigner, ensuring older people have the support they need to maintain independence and live healthy, happy lives.

She founded the Pargiter Trust to continue her work alleviating social isolation and stress wherever possible for older people living in England and the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

For any queries on the release or opportunities for interview please contact: Dave Chilton, Chief Executive of Guernsey Community Foundation, call 748056 or davec@foundation.gg

The Pargiter Trust is represented by Suzanne Gardiner and she can be contacted by email on suzanne@pargitertrust.co.uk

The Pargiter Trust website is www.pargitertrust.org.uk

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