Two north Northumberland Post Offices have won £10,000 each to improve community facilities.
The Queen Street branch in Amble will use the money to install a new digital booth to offer private IT access and skills training to the public.
Meanwhile, Lesbury Post Office has sealed the cash to create a new outdoor seating area which will act as a community hub.
This will extend the Post Office’s current role with the Dementia Friends initiative, where it acts as an informal meeting space to share information and provide support for older, isolated people.
They are two of 25 Post Office branches across England chosen as recipients of a grant worth up to £10,000 from the Community Enterprise Fund for their plans to support local people and businesses, and to tackle isolation among the elderly.
More than 100 Post Offices put forward their ideas. Initially, the aim was to fund up to 20 schemes, but the quantity and quality of the proposals meant that 25 have been successful.
Funding from the Cabinet Office for proposals which specifically address isolation enabled the additional schemes to be supported. All nominations were for projects that were not-for-profit, but which provided a service or activity which was easily accessible and open to all.