New funding connects support advice with local communities

A £10,000 grant from the Voluntary Action Fund will enable Grampian Opportunities to establish a new project that will offer more volunteering and support options to people with disabilities and live-long conditions throughout the North East of Scotland.

Grampian Opportunities’ new Community Connections project will recruit volunteers who have a particular knowledge of their local community, combined with an understanding of the needs of disabled people.

Commenting on the Community Connections project, Dawn Ranson of Grampian Opportunities said:

“We have identified a need to build a wider knowledge about the activities, services and support that people can benefit from in their local community. To achieve that we need a stronger network of volunteers across the areas in which we operate, covering the City of Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.

“The new volunteers will act as community connectors, based in local areas to share their knowledge and experience, while learning new skills and gaining a sense of belonging.

“It is so rewarding to see how giving people a sense of purpose in life and a feeling of belonging can make such a difference. In recent years we have helped volunteers get back to achieving something in their lives after years of being out of work.

“The new Community Connections team will include some of our current volunteers, but the new funding will also enable us to recruit 16 new volunteers to widen our geographical coverage. This strengthened network means we will be able to engage more effectively with communities throughout our region.“

“Agreed volunteer expenses will be reimbursed and the volunteers will experience the fulfilment that comes from helping people to become more engaged and involved in their local communities.”

Based in the North East of Scotland, Grampian Opportunities is an independent charity supporting individuals with physical disabilities, mental health issues or long term conditions.

  • Anyone interested in finding out more about the Community Connections Project should call in to Grampian Opportunities at 1 High Street, Inverurie, AB51 3QA or call the office on 01467 629675. They can also contact Dawn Ranson, the Community Connections Project Coordinator on her email at
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