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Scotrail Foundation Delivers Funding Boost in Perth

25 November 2013

Two Perth-based charities are celebrating the news that they will share a £3,000 funding boost from the ScotRail Foundation.

The groups, Perth and Kinross Foodbank and Street Pastors Perth, are among the first batch of successful charities to receive financial grants from the newly established ScotRail Foundation, which was set-up in May 2013 to support groups from communities across Scotland.

The Foundation, which will distribute £100,000 by May 2014, is open to applications from any group which supports children or young people, improves the environment or enhances the general health and wellbeing of local areas.

Perth and Kinross Foodbank will receive £1,000 from the Foundation to provide meals to members of the public who have encountered unexpected financial hardship.

The group has already provided meals to 160 people in Perthshire this year. Local businesses and communities are also supporting the initiative, with more than four tonnes of food being donated in the last six months.

The Foundation has also awarded £2,000 to the Foodbank’s partner charity, Street Pastors Perth - a local community initiative of 35 volunteers, who offer assistance to the public by providing first aid and endeavouring to reduce crime rates in the city on Saturday nights.

The donation will contribute to the purchase of materials needed by volunteers, including mobile phones and first aid kits. Flip-flops, space-blankets and lollipops are just some of the more unusual things they hand out to the city’s revellers on their way home.

Michael Archibald, Chairman of Perth and Kinross Foodbank, said; “We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers who are eager to be involved and added support from the ScotRail Foundation will help us extend our reach to even more people who need it.

“We have great working relationships with ScotRail, Police Scotland and Perth & Kinross Council. Our valuable contacts in the transport industry help us move food quickly between Perth and more remote areas, like Pitlochry and Blair Atholl.”

He continued;

“Street Pastors are highly valued in Perth as they are fully trained first aiders.

“We meet for the last trains arriving in Perth, as many people miss their stop and have no way to get off until it reaches Perth. For those who need it, we will organise group taxis to take them home.

“Applying to the ScotRail Foundation is very straightforward and didn’t take long to complete. I would certainly recommend making an application to any other community group looking to secure additional help.”

Across the country, 26 groups will share a total of £42,000 with amounts ranging from £250 to just under £5,000. Over £3,000 in ‘match funding’ has also been distributed among members of ScotRail staff to enhance individual fundraising efforts.

Director Pat Callaghan, who manages corporate social responsibility for ScotRail, said: “We believe we are much more than a railway operator, and have a significant part to play in improving our communities. The ScotRail Foundation has been created to offer support to deserving groups whose valuable work enriches the lives of people in various parts of the country.

“The important role both charities play in supporting people in the local community is commendable and we are proud to be backing them.”

The deadline for the next round of applications is Friday 17 January. Three regional committees of ScotRail staff, who volunteered for the role, will then meet to select the groups which best meet the criteria - and successful applicants will be announced in March 2014.

Foundation Scotland, an independent charity with more than 16 years of experience, manages the fund on behalf of ScotRail.

Groups interested in submitting an application should contact Foundation Scotland on 0141 341 4960 or visit www.foundationscotland.org.uk/scotrail for more information.

For media enquiries:
David McNaught
Tel: 0141 333 9585
Mob: 07882798167
Email: david.mcnaught@bigpartnership.co.uk

Notes to editors:

• The ScotRail Foundation is a national programme available to groups and organisations across Scotland. The fund is provided by ScotRail directly as part of their commitment to their social and corporate responsibilities and is managed by Foundation Scotland on ScotRail's behalf.

• Groups and organisations are encouraged to apply (individuals are excluded). Recommendations for grants and how the money will be distributed will be made by an advisory panel drawn from ScotRail staff.

• Further advice and guidance is available via scotrail.co.uk/betterwaytobe or by emailing info@foundationscotland.org.uk 

• Having even a limited connection to a rail or local station project may improve success rate

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