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National Lottery funding boost for Ardrossan

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Our Place
Release date:
7 7 2017

Two community projects, developed for and by the people of Ardrosan, are today (FRIDAY 7 JULY) celebrating a National Lottery boost of £159,387 from the Our Place programme.

Among the groups benefiting from the Big Lottery Fund cash, is the Capall Dorcha Theatre Company which will use its £149,387 Our Place grant to deliver Youth Theatre classes and Easter and summer workshops for young people and adults in Ardrossan. This will help to develop the creativity, confidence and interpersonal skills of the children and young people involved, as well as allowing their parents and family members to share and improve their skills.

Welcoming the award, Barry Robertson, Founder and Executive Creative Producer of Capall Dorcha Theatre Company, said: “We are so grateful and overwhelmed by the support of the Big Lottery Fund for Capall Dorcha Ensemble. For the first time, a theatre arts organisation based in Ardrossan has been awarded funding, and this will allow us to start our community outreach classes. For many involved in our classes, this will be their first time taking part in theatre.”

Another Ardrossan community group receiving Our Place funding today is the Ardrossan Winton Community Sports Club. Their £10,000 award will be used to prepare a plan for the further development of Winton Park, a football ground where Ardrossan Winton Rovers Football Club is based.

Bobby Macnamara, Director of Ardrossan Winton Community Sports Club, said: “This award will enable us to carry out a feasibility study of the community of Ardrossan to provide suggestions for a blueprint for the development of Winton Park. This will expand our close links with the numerous local groups who we work closely with to meet their requirements for greater accessibility to sporting and leisure facilities, a fundraising events venue and group meeting space. This will enhance the wellbeing of the residents of the area and provide healthy options for one of Scotland's highest areas of social depravation and unemployment.”

Announcing the funding, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that families and individuals living in Ardrossan will benefit from Our Place funding. The Our Place initiative gives local people a say on how National Lottery money is spent in their area and empowers them to bring about a positive lasting difference to their neighbourhood. I would like to congratulate Capall Dorcha Theatre Company and Ardrossan Winton Community Sports Club on their successful funding awards and wish them the very best with these projects which will help local people realise their visions for their communities.”

For the latest details on the Ardrossan Our Place journey visit https://www.facebook.com/ourplaceardrossan/

Our Place is currently working with seven communities across Scotland, including Ardrossan. Our Place supports communities to develop a common vision of how their own area could develop and grow, and how National Lottery funding could support these changes.

Find out more about the programme

Big Lottery Fund Press Office contact:  
Telephone: 0141 242 1524
Email:         scott.oakley@biglotteryfund.org.uk
Website:     www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Twitter:      @BIGSCOTLAND #BigScotland
Facebook:   www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundScotland

Notes to editors:

  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.
  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is focussed on helping people and communities most in need throughout Scotland through its five-year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants schemes Awards for All and Investing in Ideas.
  • Since March 2007 Big Lottery Fund Scotland has taken devolved decisions on National Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn plays a strategic role in the future direction of the Fund in Scotland.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects across the UK that change the lives of millions of people. Every year we fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.