Supporting Older People with The Grassy Riggs group

Left to right: Elizabeth Brennan, Store Manager at Jones Bootmaker presenting the cheque to Janette Hope, Project Manager for The Grassy Riggs group, with service users. 

We’ve donated £2,500 to The Grassy Riggs group, a drop-in centre supporting the over 65’s and carers in the county of Midlothian, Scotland. 

Elizabeth Brennan, Store Manager at Jones Bootmaker in Edinburgh, applied through our grant application initiative to help The Grassy Riggs group, after they provided incredible support for her mum. 

The Grassy Riggs group offer a warm, supporting and welcoming setting for supporting older members of the community who may be experiencing social isolation and exclusion, helping them to establish a sense of identity and belonging. 

The group also offers support, information and advice for carers who look after older people. Carers have the opportunity to either sit with their cared for in a friendly social setting or take part in peer group/one-to-one sessions whilst their cared for is supported through our social connection. 

“I was first made aware of the support offered by The Grassy Riggs group as my mother received a lot of support from them before she lost her battle with cancer. They also offered my dad a lot of support too as he became her full-time carer - they continue to support him to this day.

They provide much needed information and advice; they carry out home visits and help people to retain their independence and learn life skills. They offer carer’s support and run many activities such as Memories Club and Computer Club.” 

Elizabeth Brennan, Store Manager at Jones Bootmaker in Edinburgh

The £2,500 donation from the Pavers Foundation will help to fund the full refurbishment of a room in their Woodburn Hub building, helping to modernise facilities and support the upkeep of their activities. 

"This is brilliant news. A big thank you to the Pavers Foundation for your support. We have over 100 people who use our services every week. The room, when refurbished, will offer opportunities for activities and meetings for the whole local community, health services, and other voluntary organisations”

Janette Hope, Project Manager for The Grassy Riggs group

For more information on The Grassy Riggs group visit their Facebook page @thegrassyriggs