Lotto rea­sons to cel­e­brate

Com­mu­nity groups in the money

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS - STU­ART MCFAR­LANE

Three groups are cel­e­brat­ing re­ceiv­ing thou­sands of pounds of Lot­tery cash.

The grants were made as part of the lat­est round of Big Lot­tery Fund awards, with or­gan­i­sa­tions in the re­gion re­ceiv­ing a to­tal of £25,330 for var­i­ous com­mu­nity projects.

Kirk­con­nel Min­ers’ Cen­tre has landed £7,970 to­wards up­grad­ing their toi­lets as part of a wider re­vamp.

Robert Telfer, chair­man of the cen­tre’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee, said: “The cen­tre was first built in 1992 so the fa­cil­i­ties were get­ting a bit on the old side, so this can hope­fully be a good boost for us.

“We’ve al­ready re­dec­o­rated the hall and the back rooms, so we’re hop­ing to get more folk to make use of the hall be­cause it is a com­mu­nity as­set.”

An­other group re­ceiv­ing back­ing is Sup­port in Mind Scot­land, who have net­ted £7,360 for an ini­tial fea­si­bil­ity study for a fu­ture as­set trans­fer of their Kalei­do­scope base at Moun­tain­hall in Dum­fries, which

they have rented from the health board 18 years.

Frances Simp­son, the char­ity’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We are still a very long way from any sort of de­ci­sion, but if we were able to work some­thing out via com­mu­nity as­set trans­fer, then it would be a great devel­op­ment not only for

our­selves, but also for the wider com­mu­nity and the peo­ple that use our ser­vices.”

The fi­nal grant of £10,000 was awarded to In­clude Us to fund a wheel­chair friendly tram­po­line at the pro­posed in­clu­sive play park at Cather­ine Street in Dum­fries.

Cel­e­brat­ing Mem­bers of Kirk­con­nel Min­ers Club com­mit­tee, Robert Telfer, Agnes Telfer, Joe Hume, Anne Hume. Photo: Rab Telfer

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