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OTTERY: Help scheme gets a funding boost

Thursday, 03 April 2014

Staff and volunteers at the Ottery Help Scheme were celebrating this week after being handed a grant of more than £5,000 from the Parishes Together Fund.
The scheme, which has been up and running for more than 20 years, trains volunteer staff who work closely with Hospiscare nurses to provide a range of care and support services in the area.
Money set aside by Devon County Council and East Devon District Council is dished out to parishes each year to support local projects, and the Ottery Help Scheme was given £5,557.30 to help cover the costs of training volunteers in manual handling, first aid and communication skills, as well as providing new equipment for helping people in and out of vehicles.
Amanda Edwards, Ottery Help Scheme Chief Officer, said: “It is a wonderful scheme that offers a lot of support to people in the community.
“We have some fantastic volunteers whose knowledge base will grow as a result of this funding and they will be able to do the job even better.”
The Parishes Together Fund also provided:
l £2,768 to Ottery and Parishes Computer Club to pay for new computer equipment and set-up costs;
l £200 for workshops to advise residents on how to make their money go further;
l £25 for a mobile phone to enable Ottery Food Bank to have a dedicated phone line for its customers.

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