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Support for Local Charity

The Council’s Cabinet has recommended a grant of £1,500 for Volunteer Link-Up, a charity that links people willing to give help to those who need it. A one-off additional grant of £280 to provide resources for Link-Up’s volunteer drivers was also recommended.

Founded in 1983, Volunteer Link-Up is based at the Methodist Church Centre in Witney and provides services to a total of 639 residents in West Oxfordshire. Volunteers help with a wide variety of tasks such as providing transport to and from hospital, assisting at day centres and helping the elderly and disabled in their homes.

Cabinet Members said at the meeting on Wednesday (November 10th) that they wished to take the opportunity to thank Link-Up and all the volunteers for the work they do.

Cllr Jill Dunsmore, Cabinet Member for Communities at West Oxfordshire District Council, supported the grant application and said: “Volunteer Link-Up is an excellent organisation that does a great deal of work. Its services provide a lifeline for many elderly and disabled people and we owe them a great debt of gratitude.”

Mrs Patricia Chirgwin, who manages Volunteer Link Up said: “Meeting the running costs for our office and maintaining our service to the residents of West Oxfordshire at the current high standard continues to be a challenge and we are grateful for support from the District Council.”

Volunteer Link-Up has received a grant from the District Council each year since 1986. It also receives funding from Oxfordshire County Council and local town and parish councils.

Posted : 12/12/2008 20:12:28

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