It marks the seventh year Punch has provided funding for Support & Care Volunteer Visitors Programme, which will pay for volunteers’ training and travel expenses.
The volunteers respond to calls for help and are trained to provide advice and gauge what support is needed. Last year the team gave 744 people financial support worth a total £931,000.
“We are enormously grateful to Punch Taverns for continuing its sponsorship of our national volunteer programme for another year. It is good that they understand the crucial role this scheme has in turning peoples’ lives around,” said Liz Gaffer, director of marketing & charity services at the Licensed Trade Charity.
Jackie Burn, HR Director for Punch Taverns said: “We are delighted to continue our funding of the Support & Services’ Volunteer Visitors. We see this sponsorship as a ‘no brainer’, as it simply enables volunteers – who are giving their time and expertise for free – to continue their excellent work. Many of the people asking for help have hit hard times through no fault of their own, and this support is the beginning of helping them to turn their lives around.”
The three main reasons for asking for help are concerned with personal debt problems, ill health, and housing. The number of people seeking support has more than doubled in the last ten years.
To find out more about the scheme go to www.licensedtradecharity.org.uk/home or call 01344 884440.