A charity project supporting blind and deaf people will continue for at least two more years, following a £230,000 windfall.
North East Sensory Services (Ness) has been awarded the grant by the National Lottery Community Fund for its Connect, Include and Support project.
The scheme runs across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray, reducing isolation among older people with sight and hearing loss.
Ness chief executive Graham Findlay said: “Living with a sensory loss can for many be a challenging and at times very lonely existence.
“At Ness we strive to help people feeling isolated and offer practical and emotional support in order that no one is left feeling they have to lose their independence.
“Thanks to this particular lottery funding we can encourage and help people maintain contact with their friends, old and new, and stay integrated within their local communities.
“A listening ear can be a lifeline if, for instance, you’re living on your own with the added challenges of sensory loss.”
Maureen McGinn, National Lottery Community Fund Scotland chairwoman, said: “The award will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Ness every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”