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Scottish communities benefit from latest National Lottery grants

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Awards for All Scotland
Release date:
26 1 2017

Across Scotland, 144 groups are today (THURSDAY 26 JANUARY) share National Lottery funding worth £1,110,596. See a full list of awards. The year has got off to a great start for 144 community groups across the country thanks to Awards for All, the National Lottery’s small grants scheme.

Based in Jedburgh, Heads Together provides a range of services for people living with a brain injury across the Scottish Borders. Their award of £10,000 means they can buy a new wheelchair accessible minibus to more easily transport the people they work with, people like Committee Member, Joe Devlin.

Joe, from St Boswells, said, “I would just like to say that joining Heads Together is the best move I have ever made and the support I get is special as we are all one large family. When I joined I couldn’t really do anything for myself through lack of confidence – they have helped to rebuild it and now I can face anything.

“We have so much fun too and it helps knowing we are all in the same boat. This charity has saved my life as far as I am concerned, I really believe that, and it’s great to watch new people come in and see them become happy again too.”

Stonehouse Jubilee Club run a weekly social afternoon for people with dementia and their carers in South Lanarkshire. The sessions are centred on music and singalongs and it’s thanks to an award of £3,352 that the club can finally buy a sound system and some new equipment.

Chair, Chris Dickie, explains the difference the money will make. He said: “The new musical equipment will be a huge asset to our club as we focus so much on music because it’s the last auditory sense to leave as we get older. Many people with dementia can still remember the words of old songs and a group singalong or listening to music can stir old memories and create a real feel good factor for everyone.”

Campbeltown Picture House is one of the first purpose built cinemas in Scotland. Built at the start of last century the cinema is currently being renovated and is due to re-open to the public this summer. An award of £9,434 to Campbeltown Community Business, who own the building, means they can buy and install a wireless system for the venue for people who are hearing or sight impaired.

Jane Mayo, Chairman, said, “We are delighted to have been given this grant by Awards for All. The money will allow us to install inductive loops and Dolby Fidelio wireless audio systems in both of our cinema auditoria.

“This equipment will allow hearing impaired and sight impaired audiences to enjoy a broad range of films and live relays of concerts, theatre productions and operas along with everyone else.”

Awards for All Scotland offers National Lottery 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 spokesperson, said: “These awards highlight the wide range of projects that can be funded through Awards for All. From providing much needed services for people with brain injuries in the Scottish Borders through to making sure a community cinema in Argyll and Bute is fully equipped for all audiences, today’s funding shows how National Lottery money is changing lives across Scotland’s communities.”

Applications are received on a rolling basis and can be received at any time. Groups can download a form here www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland

Big Lottery Fund Press contact: Lorna McNiven Scotland press office 0141 242 1451 
Website:   www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Twitter:    #bigscotland
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundScotland

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.com. Follow us @creativescots and www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland