Aberdeen charity awarded £154,620 through multi-year funding programme

Aberdeen charity Instant Neighbour has received a grant award of £154,620 from Bank of Scotland Foundation’s multi-year Invest programme, which will support the salary of its full-time Community Connector for five years. They are one of eleven Scottish charities to share £1,446,155 over a period of 3-5 years.

Due to the significant financial impact that Covid-19 has had on people across Scotland, the theme of this year’s programme was Financial Vulnerability, supporting charities who help vulnerable people manage various financial issues, including those who were already facing significant difficulties with their finances before the pandemic, and those who are now accessing charity support services for the first time as a direct result of the pandemic. 

The Foundation is proud to be one of the few funders to cover core costs such as salaries and rent. Instant Neighbour runs the only food bank in the area that allows clients to turn up to access services without a referral and supports people who are facing a variety of challenges including long-term unemployment, substance abuse, poor mental health or homelessness. Securing the salary of the Community Connector means they can continue to provide these clients with 1:1 support relating to accessing benefits, housing support and reducing debts, as well as providing food parcels and emotional support.

In all, eleven charities across Scotland received an Invest grant this year, sharing a total of £1,446,155 over a period of 3-5 years.

Instant NeighbourNorth East Scotland£154,620Five years(£30,924 per year)
Families Like UsCentral Scotland£70,500Three years(£23,500 per year)
Flourish HouseGlasgow£85,680Three years(£28,560 per year)
Pollokshields Development AgencyGlasgow£77,640Three years(£25,880 per year)
Positive Action In HousingGlasgow£173,980Five years(£34,796 per year)
Kindred AdvocacyLothians£101,720Five years(£20,344 per year)
Open Door Accommodation ProjectLothians£155,470Five years(£31,094 per year)
St Andrews Environmental NetworkMid Scotland & Fife£134,580 Five years(£26,916 per year)
Stirling District Citizens Advice Bureau LtdMid Scotland & Fife£164,410Five years(£32,882 per year)
Haddington Citizens Advice BureauSouth Scotland£162,945Five years(£32,589 per year)
Financial Fitness Resource TeamWest Scotland£164,610 Five years(£32,922 per year)

Philip Grant, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Chair of the Scottish Executive Committee, Lloyds Banking Group said, “As we enter a period of recovery after the pandemic, these Invest grants will help bring some long-term security to the positions they are funding.

“The financial impact of Covid-19 has had a devastating effect on many vulnerable people, so we are delighted to support Instant Neighbour who help those in need to access vital support services and manage their financial issues.”

Sophy Green, Chief Executive of Instant Neighbour added, “We are thrilled to receive this funding over the next five years from Bank of Scotland Foundation as it makes a huge difference for us. Last year our Community Connector assisted 2,575 clients through the provision of 11,330 food parcels, and achieved £10,500 reduction in debt payments for clients. Knowing we can cover this salary until 2026 has brought great peace of mind and enables us to plan for the future.”