The Pilton Equalities Project (PEP) has received £5,000 to fund a literacy project in North Edinburgh.

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 PEP provides essential services for vulnerable adults in North Edinburgh. The grant will allow an Adult Literacy and Numeracy tutor to work with ESOL learners (English Speakers of Other Languages) to improve their language skills. In addition the project will help to integrate local ethnic minority communities into the wider community of North Edinburgh.

Theodora Hidalgo, Learning and Training Officer at PEP said: "We are really grateful to receive this grant which is a great boost to PEP and to the services we offer the local community."

Laura Robertson, Branch Director at Santander's St. John’s Road 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 PEP, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people."

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In 2015 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK.

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About Pilton Equalities Project

Pilton Equalites Project work to enhance the quality of life for older and other vulnerable adults in North Edinburgh by continuing to develop services that enable active community participation, which encourage independence and which measurably reduce isolation. They deliver services to over 900 people locally. Their services include: Accessible Transport, Shopping, Clubs, Adult Day care, Weekend Resource, Visiting/Information Service, Neighbourhood Group, Lifelong Learning, Homecare, Gardening and Decorating. For more information please visit:

About Santander

The Santander Foundation provides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2014, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK. For more information please visit:

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