Thousands of residents benefit from essential support

Close up of a young girl wearing a pink shirt biting into a sandwich which has a green wrapper

Thousands of residents have been supported with access to essential services during the pandemic, through vital funding from the Scottish Government.

Sanctuary Scotland was awarded £96,000 last year to provide residents with food parcels and household items as well as support with energy bills, medicines and mental health.

More than 8,000 residents received food deliveries, while wellbeing calls were made to 1,700 people.

Children and families also benefitted from activity packs, healthy snacks, fruit bags, essential toiletries, hand sanitiser and reusable masks.

Sanctuary worked with a number of partner organisations to distribute the funding to make sure it reached the heart of Scotland’s communities.

These included Aberdeenshire North Foodbank, Carbrain and Hillcrest Community Council, Cumbernauld Action on Care for the Elderly, Renfrewshire Foodbank, The Pyramid at Anderston and Kirkton and Lochee Larders.

Anthony Morrow, Sanctuary Scotland’s Community Development Officer, said: “It has been fantastic to see the positive impact this funding has made to our communities across Scotland.

“Now, more than ever, people need support and we are hugely grateful to the organisations that have stepped up to provide their help.”

The grant was part of the £350 million Supporting Communities Fund which is being managed by the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations to assist in the country’s Covid-19 response.