Charities rejoice at healthcare cash boost

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Mind service users and volunteers ''w131411

Voluntary organisations in Whitby are celebrating this week after receiving a £78,000 funding boost from the group which administers healthcare in Whitby.

Recognising the importance of the services and support the voluntary sector provides to some of the area’s most vulnerable people, the money has been awarded to 12 local projects by the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group.

The CCG received a total of 26 applications for funding and clinical chief officer Vicky Pleydell said: “We are really pleased with the number of applications we’ve received and we are very happy to be supporting organisations which make such an important difference to local people.

“All of the applications were of excellent quality and it was really tough to select some over others. We’re now looking forward to meeting all the successful organisations to a ‘get to know you’ event we’re hosting in July.”

Whitby Age UK, Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale Mind and Rural Action Yorkshire were all granted the full individual grant available of £10,000.

Julie Nichol is CEO of the Mind group and said: “We are thrilled to receive this grant. It is really refreshing that the CCG recognises the value of the local voluntary sector and how valuable grants are to us.”

The Whitby Age UK scheme will assist older people to access digital technologies with the aim at reducing isolation.

This was also the aim for the Mind and Rural Action Yorkshire scheme, with the hope that older people could become more active and reduce loneliness.

Esk Moors Active has been awarded £1,875 for the Heather Hopper community bus, while the Cambridge Centre was given £1,400 for bereavement support to families affected by substance misuse.

Whitby Hidden Impairments Support and Help Group was awarded £1,600 to provide activities for young people and their families who suffer from impairments.