Cash boost for vil­lage groups

The Oban Times - - News -

TWO BAL­LACHUL­ISH community groups will en­joy a range of sum­mer fetes and fes­ti­vals, thanks to Lot­tery grants.

Bal­lachul­ish Community As­so­ci­a­tion re­ceived a £ 8,592 Awards for All Scot­land grant from the Big Lot­tery Fund. The group will use the money to re­place ta­bles and chairs and for new signs to advertise events. Friends of Abbey­field Fundrais­ing Com­mit­tee, a group which sup­ports res­i­dents of Abbey­field House Care Home, re­ceived £10,000 from the fund. The com­mit­tee will use the fund­ing for a range of recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote men­tal and phys­i­cal well-be­ing amongst res­i­dents.

A spokesman for The Friends of Abbey­field Fundrais­ing Com­mit­tee said: ‘This grant has al­lowed us to de­sign an ac­tiv­i­ties pack­age for res­i­dents and mem­bers of the community, es­pe­cially those who have de­men­tia. We have been able to bring prac­ti­tion­ers to Abbey­field spe­cial­is­ing in sen­sory and phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity al­low­ing our clients the op­por­tu­nity to rem­i­nisce and to be­come fully in­ter­ac­tive with these fun ac­tiv­i­ties.’

Ian Black­ford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, said: ‘I am de­lighted with the news that a small community such as Bal­lachul­ish is be­ing so proac­tive in seek­ing and gain­ing fund­ing to the ben­e­fit of those liv­ing in the area.

‘My con­grat­u­la­tions also go to Bal­lachul­ish Community As­so­ci­a­tion which is ac­tive in pro­mot­ing the vil­lage and en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal peo­ple to get in­volved through var­i­ous events.’

An Awards for All spokesper­son told The Oban Times: ‘It’s easy to see what a dif­fer­ence Awards for All can make to com­mu­ni­ties the length and breadth of Scot­land.

‘The pro­gramme ex­ists to help groups do things they would oth­er­wise be un­able to do, and for rel­a­tively small amounts of money. This lat­est batch of grants show­cases the range of ap­pli­ca­tions we get, all of which are put­ting some­thing back into their com­mu­ni­ties.’

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