Day centre for elderly receives a £19,000 boost

ELDERLY people in the Amber Valley area are set to benefit after a local charity was awarded a grant of £19,500.

Day centre Stepping Stones is to receive the money from the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

The charity offers a safe, supportive environment for older people across Amber Valley and it is the only day centre in the area that is open five days a week.

Stepping Stones supports elderly people with a range of issues, including early stage dementia, limited mobility and learning and physical disabilities, as well as supporting families and carers.

It also provides visitors with breakfast, refreshments and a healthy three-course lunch and runs a range of social activities including exercise classes and recreational trips.

The grant will help fund the salary of an administration assistant who will provide support to the centre’s full-time manager.

Eileen Cheeseman is that manager. She said: “In recent years we have experienced an increase in demand for our services but lacked the capacity to expand. By funding this role the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales has helped us meet this increased need and maintain a high level of support.”

Gary Beharrell, of the Foundation, said: “We are committed to providing core funding for salaries and other necessities to small, community charities, like Stepping Stones, so they can continue to deliver their vital work. I encourage other registered charities helping disadvantaged people to find out more about our funding.”