Mental health support cash from bank

Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service has received £5,000 to increase the support for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities in the local area.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The grant will go towards volunteer recruitment, training and new IT equipment to help the organisation meet an increase in demand for its services. This will enable them to help more people to access information, services and support so they make informed choices and take control of their lives.

Pamela Deans, Manager at Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service said: “I am thrilled that we have received this donation from the Santander Foundation. It will help us to recruit and train more volunteers and in turn we will be able to raise awareness of our service and ultimately help more people across the region.”

Fiona Black, Local Business Manager at Santander’s Dumfries branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Dumfries and Galloway Advocacy Service, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”