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Christmas comes early for Scottish communities

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Communities across the country are celebrating an early Christmas present thanks to Awards for All funding announced yesterday (THURSDAY 8 DECEMBER).

Thanks to an award of £10,000 local East Dunbartonshire charity, Silver Birch, will be able to completely refurbish an old, unused bothy building into a fully operational hub.  Based in Milton of Campsie, the group offers a range of work experience and skills development opportunities for adults with learning disabilities.

Mark McCrorie, Business Development Manager, said, “This award will make a huge difference and provide a much needed resource for learning and development. Our new hub will be a welcoming and relaxed place for people to come together to carry out internet research for specific projects, be involved in vegetable cultivation and preparation, socialise with others or simply take the time out for reading and relaxation. We will also be able to furnish a library area with a selection of topics to learn from.”

In Galashiels the Friday Social Group be able to continue to run a range of activities and trips for isolated, older people in the town after an award of £10,000.

Caroline Bashford, Manager, said, “We would have had to close if we didn’t get this award so this money will make a huge difference to the people who come along to our weekly social group. Now we can run new trips and activities and all celebrate special occasions like Christmas together.”

A new Saturday Art club will inspire and engage creative youngsters living on North Uist thanks to an award of £9,640 to Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre.

Andy mackinnon, Arts Manager, said, “We are thrilled to get this award to run a range of weekly creative activities from printing to painting at our arts centre on North Uist.

“These will help to engage and inspire young people on the island who are so crucial to the future for life in the Outer Hebrides and this project is a central element for our vision for Ar stèidh san t-Saoghal - Our Place in the World"

Awards for All Scotland offers grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. It is a partnership by sportscotland, Big Lottery Fund and Creative Scotland.

An Awards for All spokesman, said: “All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All.  We are always surprised at the difference a relatively small amount of money can make in communities across Scotland. We wish all of these groups the best for the festive season and the future.”

Applications are received on a rolling basis and can be received at any time. Groups can download this form here

Big Lottery Fund Press contact: Lorna McNiven Scotland press office 0141 242 1451
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Notes to Editors:

  • Awards for All is a joint awards programme from the Big Lottery Fund, Creative Scotland and sportscotland.
  • Awards for All makes grants to help people take part in arts, sport, social, environmental, health related, educational and other community activities.
  • Awards for All welcomes applications and focuses on funding smaller organisations with an annual turnover of less than £250k (except for schools).
  • Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.comGoes to different website. Follow us @creativescots and to different website


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