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National Lottery boost for South of Scotland groups

The National Lottery might be celebrating its 25th birthday in November but three groups working across the South of Scotland are celebrating early as they share in £223,582 of funding announced yesterday (TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER).

The money, which will support families in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Sorbie and isolated, vulnerable adults in Annan and Hawick is being given out by The National Lottery Community Fund.

Home-Start Wigtownshire will use their award of £99,106 to continue running family support groups in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Sorbie for parents with children of pre-nursery age.

Mary Wilson, Senior Co-ordinator, Home-Start Wigtownshire, yesterday said:

“Some families who live in the more rural locations find it difficult to access our services, but this award helps us to offer solutions to meet transport difficulties. Without this vital support we would not be able to offer this valued community resource to local families with young children so thank you to National Lottery players who make this possible.”

An award of £100,000 means that Kate’s Kitchen, a volunteer run café, will continue and expand its activities from its drop-in centre in Annan.

Hazel Thompson, Manager, Kate’s Kitchen, said; “This is absolutely brilliant news as it gives us some stability, takes the pressure off and allows us to actively develop our services for people living in poverty in Annandale and Eskdale.

“Now we will recruit more local volunteers to work alongside our cook in daily service and allow us to expand our range of social activity projects, including our very much in demand garden project. We are so grateful for this support, thank you.”

Hawick Congregational Community Church will use their award of £24,476 to run a programme of wellbeing activities for local people who feel isolated and cut off from their community. A community support worker will also be on hand to support people who are housebound by regular visits, accompanying them to appointments and doing their shopping.

Geraldine Strickland, Development Worker, Hawick Congregational Community Church, yesterday said:

“This award will make a big difference in ensuring we can continue to deliver our many community-led activities, including our much loved Soupalunch.

“We are very grateful to the National Lottery for recognising the significant benefits that this will have for local people, especially those who are vulnerable, and we look forward to developing new approaches to help reduce isolation through a range of befriending activities.”

Announcing the funding, Maureen McGinn, The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, yesterday said:

“I am delighted to announce grants to three community projects in Dumfries and the Scottish Borders. They are part of a wider package of 21 grants across Scotland which will reach into local communities, changing the lives of individuals and families for the better.

“As the National Lottery prepares to celebrate its 25th birthday in November, we are proud to be able to support this great work across the South of Scotland, thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players.”

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund gave out over £48m of National Lottery funding to community projects across Scotland. Over 1130 projects benefitted from this, enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life. To find out more visit

Notes to Editors

About The National Lottery Community Fund

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland is focused on helping communities across Scotland thrive through its five year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants programme, National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

Since March 2007 The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland has taken devolved decision on National Lottery spending. The committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, plays a strategic role in the future direction of the Fund in Scotland.

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