The organiser of Lisburn Foodbank, LCC Community Trust, has received a £5,000 grant to fund ‘Eat Well Spend Less’; a basic cookery and budgeting course for people in the greater Lisburn area who are living in food poverty.

The course will equip participants with the skills needed to manage their budgets and household expenses. It will also help to support them with improved cookery skills and encourage a healthier more balanced diet, while living on a reduced budget. The course will provide support to low income, single parent families, those with disabilities and mental health problems as well as care leavers, unemployed and retired people.

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.

Many people on a low income cannot afford the luxury of ‘trying something new’ as they cannot take the risk of the family not liking a recipe and it going to waste. This often means families eat the same meals repeatedly, which are often high in calories and low in nutritional value. The project will enable them to learn and try new meal ideas that the whole family will enjoy, which not only increases the physical health of the family but also boosts confidence and self-esteem.

Lynsey Agnew, Programs Director at LCC Community Trust, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this funding. The project has been something our service users have been asking for and this funding now enables us to offer this much needed support.”

Denise Sim, Branch Manager at Santander’s Lisburn Branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations to local projects every year with the aim of assisting organisations, communities and vulnerable people throughout the UK. The staff at our branch know the great work LCC Community Trust does in our community and we hope this grant will help them in their support for local people.”

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LCC community Trust
LCC Community Trust has created a number of very diverse community-based projects and initiatives including the Lisburn Foodbank which is designed to help those in times of short term crisis. LCC community Trust strives to give people the breathing space to be able to turn things around by further signposting them to agencies which can assist them further.
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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 £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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