Jo praises local winners of Big Lottery Fund grants


Jo Swinson MP has welcomed the news that six local organisations have been successful in securing funding from Awards for All Scotland.

Bearsden South Church Nursery received a £4,500 grant from the Lottery’s Awards for All scheme, to purchase new play equipment. The grant will fund a variety of items such as laptops, puzzles and games.

Torrance Pre-Fives nursery received a £1957 Awards for All grant from Big Lottery Fund to run social and recreational activities for toddlers and children living in the area.

Auchinairn Parent Council Group received the maximum £10,000 grant to purchase equipment for running computing classes and adult learning lessons. These classes will be run in Auchinairn Primary School and will be open to the local community.

Cruse Bereavement Care in Kirkintilloch were given £10,000 to provide a range of training for volunteer bereavement counsellors.

East Dunbartonshire Ethnic Minority Forum received £6000 to equip their new office space with a selection of IT equipment and furniture, and help develop their website to increase awareness of the group. They also plan to use money to finance a community diversity event.

Woodhill Primary School were awarded £9,980 to help purchase a trim trail, play amenities and a variety of sports equipment.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“I’m delighted that so many local community groups in and around East Dunbartonshire have been successful in securing these awards. It is essential that community groups such as these are given the resources needed to bring local people together and provide activities and opportunities that would not otherwise be available. In these difficult financial times it is great to see community groups getting the funding they deserve.”

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