03 May 2017
Saffron Building Society Support For The Over Sixties
Saffron Building Society has made another donation from its community fund to the Halstead Day Centre, which provides invaluable support for people over 60 years of age and those experiencing isolation or loneliness in their own homes. The support from Saffron Building Society will enable the Centre to fund the cost of one of its administrators. Veronica Harman, the manager of the Day Centre, explains the importance of donations like this:
“Recently, all of our statutory funding stopped so we have to rely on our own initiative and support from local businesses. We provide a unique service to many areas around Braintree, including small villages with no shops or regular bus routes.”
The aim of the Halstead Centre is to reduce isolation in the community. Every day, their two minibuses bring people to the Centre for a full day’s activity which can include quizzes, crafts and games, or music and movement classes. Visitors are given hot drinks and a two course lunch.
Saffron Building Society has an endowment fund with the Essex Community Foundation. Claire Hunnable, the Community Business Partner at Saffron, explains how it works:
“The fund is designed to maximise resources for grant giving now and in the future. Essex Community Foundation matches applications with worthwhile causes so that we can help the areas in and around Saffron branches. We are committed to helping our local communities.”
The grant panel meets annually with the Essex Community Foundation to consider applications and distribute funds. If you are involved in any organisation in the East of England and want to be considered for a grant, you can find the details at www.essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk. The application process closes at the end of September each year.
Veronica Harman has been delighted with the support they have received.
“Saffron have been amazing with us. I can’t praise them enough. They have spent time here to get to know us and it really has made a difference and shows that they care. They want to see what they are supporting and make personal visits to see how we are progressing.”
This is one of several initiatives that Saffron puts in place each year to support local communities. If you want more details you can find them at www.saffronbs.co.uk/community.