The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been awarded £8,790 by the Big Lottery to support the industry charity’s work with older people.
The grant will be spent on expanding the help given by RDT volunteers, as well as extending the RDT telephone counselling and legal advice service.
RDT chief executive officer Bryan Clover said RDT is “extremely proud” and added that the grant will make “a tremendous difference” to what it can deliver.
“By giving our volunteers web-enabled tablets, we can show our older beneficiaries the help that we can offer, right there in their own homes. It will help us to give the benefits of the internet to those that are not connected to the net, and will raise awareness of our services,” he said. “We want to have a bigger impact out there in the community, and this grant will help us to achieve that.”
RDT operates across three sectors (builders merchants, DIY & Hardware and Housewares & Tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50 billion and employ close to 500,000 people.
It is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in these industries, including DIY shops, hardware stores, builders merchants, garden centres, cookshops, and all the manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the UK who supply them.
RDT offers a range of services to retail and supplier employees, from a regular cash payment to white goods and even house repairs.
Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery to good causes, and invests more than £650 million a year in projects in the health, education, environment and charity sectors.
For beneficiaries or help please call the Rainy Day Trust contact centre on 0203 192 0486. For more information on fundraising or becoming a supporter of the Rainy Day Trust, go to www.rainydaytrust.org.uk