SCLT Charity Receive Support from Historic Charity
The Senior Citizen Liaison Team (SCLT) Charity have received financial support from the historic Bristol-based Dolphin Society to purchase new IT equipment for their extremely successful Public Presentation Team, which provides a suite of highly innovative educational presentations for older adult groups in the Bristol and surrounding areas. The SCLT have been in existence since 2009 and were delighted to have been awarded 1st place at the 2017 United Nations Public Service Awards in The Hague in June 2017.
With a long history dating back to the 1700s, the Dolphin, Grateful and Anchor Societies are probably the city’s oldest, continually active philanthropic organisations. Originally founded by people in Bristol who were keen to replicate the financial support shown by Bristol-born Edward Colston in the 1600s, the three Societies today focus their efforts on the city’s elderly population with a major fund-raising initiative in early November involving the President of each Society writing many hundreds of personal letters to potential donors. This usually provides over £250,000 per annum for initiatives and individuals in need across the city.
The three Societies provide relief for example by supplying telephones, alarm systems and customised wheel chairs and through the provision of specialist electrical appliances to help the elderly remain in their own homes. The annual collections enable the Societies to respond quickly and directly, free of red tape. They hold a significant place in the care of the elderly in Bristol, based on the generosity of local people.
Vanessa Moon President of The Dolphin Society 2017/2018 said ‘To be able to support the Senior Citizen Liaison Team Charity (SCLT) with their protective, crime-prevention services is something that our charity feels very passionate about. It is unfortunate that in today’s society it is common for our older residents to experience wrongdoing and fraud from the hands of heartless criminals. Therefore, by highlighting the importance of educating the most vulnerable members of our community, SCLT are able to have their services accessible to tens of thousands of vulnerable older adults.’
Ashley Jones Chair of Trustee Team and Lead Volunteer for SCLT said ’We are a small charity who aim to punch very much above our weight, in respect to the impact that we make in the senior safety field. We are therefore deeply grateful to The Dolphin Society for this very generous grant, which has allowed us to purchase some very much needed, state-of-the-art equipment for our Public Presentation Team. It means that we will be able to deliver our fraud prevention presentations to even more vulnerable and elderly citizens in the years to come.’