Grant boost for High Peak groups

Three High Peak organisations have benefited from a new grant fund.

The Capacity Building Grant was launched as part of Derbyshire County Council’s Trusted Befriending Network, which aims to ensure isolated and vulnerable adults who could benefit from befriending support are put in contact with services that can help them.

In the first round of grants, Home-Start High Peak has received £1,292 to train two trainers to enable them to support the delivery of volunteer befriender preparation courses.

The Volunteer Centre Buxton and District has received £750 to expand training for volunteer befrienders, enabling them to support a wider range of clients including those with dementia, and the New Mills and District Volunteer Centre has received £4,000 to extend its befriending service which primarily supports isolated older people, providing home visits and supporting people to get out and about.

Sight Support Derbyshire has also received £6,860 to recruit additional volunteers to meet more needs including people with a sight impairment and hearing loss and/or dementia.