Support Dogs wins £2,000 funding in Good Neighbour Community Programme

Support Dogs has been voted the winner to receive funding of £2,000 from Provident’s Good Neighbour Community Programme.

Support Dogs, which trains assistance dogs for children with autism and adults with epilepsy or physical disability, was nominated online by people living in South Yorkshire.

It is one of four organisations to be awarded £2,000 across the North and Scotland, with £13,000 awarded in total across the region.

Support Dogs will put the funding towards its much-needed training programmes. Demand for its services has doubled in the past year, to more than 3,000 requests.

Provident’s Good Neighbour Programme recognises the projects or organisations which make a real difference to their local communities. It invested more than £1 million into communities across the UK during 2015.

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager at Support Dogs, said: “Being awarded £2,000 in funding from Provident’s Good Neighbour Programme is fantastic news and we feel really honoured to have been so generously supported by the people of South Yorkshire with their votes.

“We believe our work makes a real difference in our local community by transforming the lives of children and adults with disabilities, enabling them to live more independently. This new funding will help us to continue our vital work.”

Andy Parkinson, Provident Home Credit Director, commented: “Our Good Neighbour Programme is all about recognising projects and organisations, no matter how small, which bring about positive changes in their communities. Support Dogs is a perfect example of precisely that, and we have been thrilled to see such a worthy winner of the award.

“Provident agents have always worked closely within the communities in which we operate, and we see first-hand the importance of community spirit. We look forward to seeing this investment help Support Dogs do even more great work in their community.”