Sidmouth Voluntary Services (SVS) has received £4,720 to fund a series of ‘explorer workshops’ to benefit the elderly and disabled in the local area.

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

Sidmouth Voluntary Services is a local centre providing cooked lunches, hospital transport, social involvement and social activities for the elderly and vulnerable in the community. The charity’s headquarters, Twyford House, provides a safe and comfortable environment for activities and staff.

The grant will be used to fund workshops on subjects such as financial planning, IT skills and nutrition for a 12-month period. The donation will ensure everyone is offered a door-to-door transport service to and from each workshop, as well as all course materials and refreshments. The funds will also enable SVS to engage professional experts, in certain fields, to attend and help. These gatherings will be available to anyone who accesses the charity and aim to give people new experiences and information to enable them to live independently and avoid social isolation.

Philip Deegan, Chairman of Trustees at Sidmouth Voluntary Services, said: “The grant will help our members to become better informed on a variety of subjects. This will enable them to be more independent, self-assured and confident in their everyday lives. It will also help them to keep safe in our modern environment.”

Chris Harland, Branch Manager at Santander’s Sidmouth 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 Sidmouth Voluntary Services, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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About Sidmouth Voluntary Services

Sidmouth Voluntary Services has been providing services, care and friendship for the elderly and disabled in the Sid Valley area for over 50 years. They provide a number of services including a medical car service, Lunch Club, open every weekday, as well as a number of weekly trips to local supermarkets and monthly excursions.

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Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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