Annual Charity Celebration Event


The Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland gave £1.087million in grants to 326 charities in its latest funding period, directly helping improve the lives of 391,000 people.

The figures were revealed as the Foundation held its annual event at Stormont to celebrate the work of hundreds of charities that respond to the needs of disadvantaged and disabled people.

The 600 separate grants were awarded to a  variety of projects that included food banks, autism support, services for children and young people, help for the elderly and for people with learning disabilities.

Brenda McMullan, Executive Director of the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland said the aim was to get much needed cash to charities working directly to help the most impoverished of communities.

She added: “The Voluntary and Community sector continues to experience great challenges in the face of budget cuts and ongoing economic austerity, that’s why we are really proud that the funding we provide to these organisations  allows them to offer a lifeline to communities that are in dire need.”

The Foundation also announced that a pilot project to provide expert mentoring support to charities will become a permanent part of its activities, with 20 organisations being helped this year.

The Charity Mentoring Programme matches skilled bank staff with senior charity personnel to provide advice in areas such as leadership, governance, HR and financial management.

Jim McCooe, a Foundation Trustee and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for Northern Ireland, said the pilot had been  an overwhelming success and they were delighted to be  extending the programme .

He added: “Using the skills of our employees is one of the ways we can help charities with their essential work.. The feedback from our colleague mentors was that they had felt incredible pride in being able to support charities who are working to improve the lives of people in need, while the mentees said that had helped them gain the skills required to meet the challenges of working in this most difficult of sectors.



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