Good Morning Down charity receives funding boost

Good Morning Down charity receives funding boost

22 August 2018

A YEAR’S funding for the Good Morning Down service has been secured due to the charity receiving a £35,000 cash boost.

Linda Baker, project co-ordinator of the service, which helps 132 local men and 

women, has welcomed the funding.

“This funding from a number of very generous sources will ensure that our service has sufficient funding to last until at least around this time next year,” she said.

“I would like to thank all of the funders for their donations and the recognition of the important work in the community we do.”

Good Morning Down provides a morning checking-in telephone call service with men and women who may have a range of physical or mental health need to ensure that they are well 

and they get some social interaction.

The service works to tackle the growing problem of social isolation amongst some members of the local community, particularly the elderly or infirm,

Run by three part-time staff who make the calls and supported by Mrs Baker and the management committee, there is currently a waiting list to avail of the service.

Good Morning Down would like to extend its service to meet all the local need but funding for the 

charity has been a consistent issue.

The funding has come from range of sources, including the Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s Community Services department, the Garfield Weston Trust, Halifax, the Allen Lane Foundation, Newry, Mourne and Down PCSP and the South Eastern Health Trust.

Good Morning Down is holding its AGM on Friday, September 7, from 10.30am at Newry, Mourne and Down Council’s offices in the Downshire estate in Downpatrick.

All are welcome to attend and anyone interested in volunteering as a member on the management committee or to make calls would be most welcome.