RAY boosted by donation from Santander Foundation

Rural Action Yorkshire (RAY) has received £4,258 to fund additional hours for frontline delivery staff (182 hrs over 6 months) plus £600 for travel expenses, to extend support for older and vulnerable people in Doncaster.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation which offers grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

The grant will enable RAY to extend staff time on its current Doncaster Community Connect project, funded by Doncaster Council and Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group, meaning more assistance for those at risk of social isolation and loneliness. 

Wayne Munro-Smith, Project Co-ordinatorat RAY said: “Doncaster Community Connect uses innovative technology such as a bespoke app to support older and vulnerable people at risk of social isolation, especially over Christmas time. Community agents also work across Doncaster to identify those most at risk, and to provide helpful and non-intrusive intervention. The Santander grant is a hugely positive boost to the project, and enable this project to continue to operate at a high level.”

Sarah Websterat Santander Foundation said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our York branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Rural Action Yorkshire and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”



Note to Editors

In 2013 the Santander Foundation donated £5 million to charities across the UK. 

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Rural Action Yorkshire

Based at Askham Bryan, near York, RAY is one of 38 Rural Community Councils in England.  It isan independent, charitable, and voluntary organisation working across rural areas of North, South and West Yorkshire, to help communities improve the quality of life for all people living and working in rural Yorkshire. Key work includes:

* Providing advice and grant support for sustainable multi-use community buildings, which can act as a focal point for village services

* Helping local communities carry out community led plans, which identify the strengths and weaknesses of village life and plan how the local community sees future development taking place

RAY and the other 37 rural community councils across England form the ACRE Network (Action with Communities in Rural England).

Find Rural Action Yorkshire online at www.ruralyorkshire.org.uk and Twitter @RuralYorkshire


About Santander

The Santander Foundationprovides grants to UK registered charities that help disadvantaged people in communities where Santander has a presence. The Community Plus fund provides donations of up to £5,000 to small, local charities nominated by customers, staff and the charities themselves. Our Central Grants programme has grants of up to £10,000 available for education, training and financial capability projects. In 2013, £5 million was donated by the Santander Foundation to charities across the UK.  For more information please visit: www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Santander UKis a leading financial services provider in the UK and offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. At 30 June 2014, Santander UK serves around 14 million active customers with c. 20,300 employees, almost 1,000 branches and 52 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.