Iain Gray MSP has welcomed the news that sight loss charity RNIB has been awarded £38,220 from the National Lottery Community Fund to extend support to blind and partially sighted people during the coronavirus lockdown.
The charity already has a grant from the fund to provide welfare benefits advice and support to clients across Scotland, and the additional funding announced today will cover costs associated with its community response to Covid-19.
Iain Gray MSP said:
“Like many other charities, RNIB has continued to provide invaluable advice and support to its clients throughout the coronavirus pandemic. The charity has seen an increase in calls for assistance during the crisis, so I’m glad that it has received this funding boost from the National Lottery to support its vital work.”
Gillian Hallard, welfare benefits team leader at RNIB, said:
“As a result of the funding we have already received through the National Lottery, RNIB has been able to provide welfare benefits advice to 1,400 blind and partially sighted people.
“This has been influential in shaping the advice and support we can provide and has enabled us to strengthen our offer and meet the needs of people across Scotland.”
“We want ensure we are there for our customers to offer advice, provide support, or just listen to whatever challenges they are facing. The funding from the National Lottery supports us to continue this vital work.”
The RNIB Scotland helpline number is 0303 123999 or visit www.rnib.org.uk/scotland for more information.