Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project needs your vote

Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project is appealing to the public to get behind it, after being shortlisted for the Bank of Scotland Community Fund 2014 in the west of the region.

The well-established local charity, which gives vital short term support to young people aged eight to 18, could be awarded a grant of up to £3,000 from Bank of Scotland to enable it to develop its work throughout the region.

The Befriending Project is an early intervention service which exists to promote the wellbeing of vulnerable young people across Dumfries and Galloway. The charity recruits, trains and matches adult volunteers who, in turn, are matched one-to-one with individual young people. Once matched, the befriender commits to spending a few hours a week or fortnight with “their” young person, spending time building up a relationship and taking part in shared activities.

“Children and young people referred to the project may be experiencing difficulties at home, school or in the community and the time spent with an adult befriender can provide vital individual attention and release from day-to-day pressures,” explains Wigtownshire coordinator Fiona Jessiman.

“The Bank of Scotland Community Fund will make a huge difference to the Befriending Project by enabling us to provide an enhanced programme of summer group activities in 2015 for the young people we support. Please vote for Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project either by visiting your local Bank of Scotland branch or voting online.”

The Bank of Scotland Community Fund was set up to help local people across Scotland have a positive impact at the hearts of their communities by giving grants to 232 local good causes in 58 Scottish communities. Four good causes have been shortlisted in each community and Bank of Scotland is inviting everyone to vote for the causes they’d most like to support.

Members of the public can vote for their preferred community group on-line, by SMS or Twitter, or in a Bank of Scotland branch from 2 September to 10 October 2014. The local good cause that receives most votes in each community will receive an award of £3,000, with the other groups receiving £2,000, £1,000 or £500 depending on the votes received.

You can find out more about the Community Fund and Dumfries and Galloway Befriending Project and cast your vote by visiting the Bank of Scotland Community Fund website at: www.BankofScotland.com/communityfund. Voting for the 2014 Community Fund is open until Friday 10 October.