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Newton St Boswells Announce Agency Giving Fund

NFU Mutual Supports Local Borders Charities

Staff at NFU Mutual Borders Agency are delighted to have nominated local charities Border Women’s Aid, Cheviot Youth and Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Services to receive a donation of more than £3,200 each from NFU Mutual’s national £2million Agency Giving Fund.

The rural insurer announced the fund in February to support frontline charities impacted by the ongoing lockdown measures. It follows £1million worth of support previously delivered by the fund in 2020, which helped charities across a range of sectors to keep their life-changing services going throughout the pandemic.

To ensure the donations were directed where they were needed most, NFU Mutual reached out to its network of Agents to nominate local charities to receive a share of the fund. The Borders Agency chose Cheviot Youth, Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Services and Border Women’s Aid to receive theses donations, to help deliver their emergency support services and community outreach programmes.

Gail Stephenson, Chair of Cheviot Youth, said: “Cheviot Youth is delighted to receive this donation from NFU Mutual. This has been a difficult time for the charity as we restructure to face the challenges of the pandemic by working more closely with families and the local community. This money will go towards providing vital Mental Health Support Services for children, young people and family members free at the point of delivery in the Cheviot area. Our service offers a number of specially designed in house programmes and one-to-one consultations to those in our community who are suffering poor mental health. Thank you NFU Mutual”

Juliana Amaral, Executive Officer at BAVS, said: “We are delighted for the nomination and to be one of the chosen charities in the Borders. The fund will enable us to continue our community capacity work, offering specialised support to local charities and community organisations. Our focus is to support our communities to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic, building on the community activism that emerged during such difficult times for us all. The donation from NFU Mutual will allow us to continue this fundamental piece of work.”

Brenda Evans, Admin Officer at Border Women’s Aid, said: “In this last year, the work of Border Women’s Aid has become ever more challenging. The pandemic has seen a significant rise in domestic abuse, and new ways of operating have had to be introduced. We continue to adapt, to support and meet the needs of women and children in the Borders who are affected by such abuse.

“We are delighted to receive this substantial donation from NFU Mutual Borders, as it will further plans to develop our refuge provision, ensuring there are sufficient, safe and welcoming places for women and children in the Borders who are forced to leave their homes. The funds will also enable us to build on the success of our new outreach service, which ensures we can work to empower women when, where and how they choose. Border Women’s Aid is here to help you out.

Richard Forsyth, Senior Agent at NFU Mutual Borders, said: “COVID-19 has continued to have a huge impact on everybody this year, including our staff, customers, their families and local communities. All of the charities have been making a wonderful difference to our community during these challenging times, and we are extremely proud to hear how our support will make an impact.”