A TRUST has awarded charities with tens of thousands of pounds of vital funding to continue their work.

Action for Family Carers and The Dengie D-Caf are among 14 Essex charities and voluntary organisations to receive money from the Provide Foundation.

Grants totalling £93,989 have been awarded from the fund established by Provide and managed by the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF).

Maldon-based Action for Family Carers (AFFC) received the top award of £20,000 towards their work by expanding a GP liaison service in the support of carers in Mid-Essex.

AFFC boss James Clarke said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this significant funding boost which will enable us to expand our work with GPs, helping to connect us with people who would benefit from the services we offer.

“Caring can be a hugely rewarding experience, but without the right information and support it can be tough. By educating all members of staff in GP surgeries to recognise someone as potentially being a carer, we can reach out to even more people.”

The Dengie D-Caf were also recognised and received £10,000 to help provide a community nurse for Mid-Essex, particularly for the rural Dengie peninsular.

Set up in 2012, the Provide Foundation gives support to organisations who work to improve the health and well-being of people in their community.

Provide chairman Derrick Louis said: “Our partnership with Essex Community Foundation means that we can effectively invest funds into voluntary organisations in the most efficient and effective way and we are committed to awarding grants year on year to support the voluntary sector in Essex.”

For details on grants, visit essexcommunityfoundation.org.uk or call 01245 356018.