Six-fig­ure fund­ing boost for Foun­da­tion

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Coronaviru­s - JU­DITH TONNER

Air­drie char­ity the Moira An­der­son Foun­da­tion has re­ceived a fund­ing boost of more than £145,000 which will al­low them to slash wait­ing times for their ser­vices.

The five- year grant from the Bank of Scot­land Foun­da­tion’s new In­vest pro­gramme means the lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion can now pro­vide an ad­di­tional client sup­port of­fi­cer to help those af­fected by child­hood sex­ual abuse.

It will see wait­ing times for their in­creas­ingly in-de­mand ser­vices – in­clud­ing coun­selling, play and art ther­a­pies and per­son- cen­tred sup­port – re­duced to a max­i­mum of four weeks, less than half the cur­rent time.

Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Gil­lian Urquhart said: “Re­duc­ing our wait­ing time is a real pri­or­ity for us – it’s in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant that our clients re­ceive sup­port when they need it and don’t en­dure lengthy de­lays.

“We’re thrilled to have been awarded this fund­ing from Bank of Scot­land Foun­da­tion; it will make a huge dif­fer­ence to our or­gan­i­sa­tion and a real dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives.”

The wel­come fund­ing boost, in the char­ity’s 20th an­niver­sary year, comes shortly af­ter the Moira An­der­son Foun­da­tion was nom­i­nated for the Scot­tish char­ity of the year award.

Bank of Scot­land Foun­da­tion of­fi­cials said: “The char­ity has 20 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of de­liv­er­ing this needs-based sup­port ser­vice and has seen an in­crease in de­mand.”

In­vest grants were made to eight char­i­ties across Scot­land, shar­ing nearly £860,000 to “sup­port pos­i­tive change” and “help to en­sure fi­nan­cial cer­tainty dur­ing these ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult times”.

Bank foun­da­tion trustee board chair Philip Grant said: “Scot­land’s char­i­ties faced enough fi­nan­cial pres­sure be­fore Covid-19, but with large-scale fundrais­ing events now be­ing can­celled, the pres­sure is even greater.

“We’re de­lighted to have been able to con­tinue as planned with our new In­vest pro­gramme and award the Moira An­der­son Foun­da­tion longer-term fund­ing to help to en­sure fi­nan­cial sta­bil­ity.”

Staff and vol­un­teers at the Moira An­der­son Foun­da­tion have had dou­ble cause to cel­e­brate this month as they were also short­listed for the pres­ti­gious char­ity of the year hon­our at the an­nual awards run by the Scot­tish Coun­cil for Vol­un­tary Or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Char­ity founder San­dra Brown told the Ad­ver­tiser that the nom­i­na­tion shows that “ours is a char­ity whose time has come”, say­ing: “This is an ac­knowl­edge­ment that over time there’s been a sig­nif­i­cant change in at­ti­tudes to abuse – that veil of se­crecy is be­ing lifted.”

She added “Child sex­ual of­fences have risen 30 per cent in the past five years – it’s hor­ri­fy­ing. We’ve come a long way but there’s a lot of work still to be done as our work has never been more needed.”

“This nom­i­na­tion recog­nises the very chal­leng­ing jour­ney that we’ve had; it’s on be­half of count­less sur­vivors and shows how pow­er­ful it is when their voices are fi­nally heard.”

De­lighted (l-r) The char­ity’s Mag­gie Docherty, San­dra Brown and Gil­lian Urquhart

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