Saffron Building Society has announced it is awarding a total of £13,600 to various local charitable causes from its 2020 Saffron Community Fund grants.
Each year, the Saffron Community Fund, Saffron Building Society’s endowment fund with Essex Community Foundation (ECF), allocates grants to various local charities. Funding applications are considered and funds distributed by the grant panel, made up of both the building society’s staff and members, in conjunction with ECF.
The charities who will be benefitting from this year’s grants are: the Halstead Day Centre, which provides social care for the elderly in the Braintree district; the Thirst Youth Café in Bishops Stortford, which provides a safe space for young people to meet, receive support and spend time with positive role-models; the Colchester Cap Debt centre, a charity that helps relieve debt in the Colchester area; Essex Sight, which provides help for the visually impaired and Yopey Befriender, a charity which encourages young volunteers to befriend care home patients.
Veronica Harman, Manager at the Halstead Day Centre, comments: “The Saffron Building Society have been a great supporter of The Halstead Day Centre for several years. During that time, they have taken the trouble to visit us to see exactly how their grants are spent, mainly because they care about the people and projects they fund.”
Claire Hunnable, Community Business Partner at Saffron Building Society, comments: “Here at Saffron, we care passionately about supporting the most vulnerable members of our community. Especially at times such as these, when things are even more uncertain than ever, it’s essential that organisations are doing what they can to provide practical help now, but also to support organisations which have been doing essential work for the community but may now face an uncertain future.”