On the money: South Side groups cash in with grants

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY CATRI­ONA STE­WART

GROUPS on the South Side are cel­e­brat­ing af­ter re­ceiv­ing fund­ing that will sup­port in­no­va­tive projects from the UK’s first Roma film fes­ti­val to a pri­mary school’s com­mu­nity al­lot­ment.

Black­fri­ars Pri­mary School was given the largest sum from the South­side Cen­tral Area Part­ner­ship.

The Gor­bals school was awarded £7,225 for a com­mu­nity al­lot­ment and com­mu­nity sen­sory gar­dens.

Go­van­hill Baths Com­mu­nity Trust has earned fund­ing of £4600 for its “fes­ti­val like no other” – the Go­van­hill In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val and Car­ni­val.

Com­mu­nity Cham­pion win­ners Ac­tive Life Club, which this year cel­e­brates its 20 an­niver­sary, has been given £4997 to­wards mak­ing the cel­e­bra­tions go with a bang.

Fa­tima Uy­gun, of Go­van­hill Baths Com­mu­nity Trust, said: “The grant will en­able us to work with schools, youth and com­mu­nity groups to pro­duce bunting, cos­tumes and dec­o­ra­tions for the car­ni­val pa­rade. The grant will also de­liver chil­dren’s ac­tiviNe­crop­o­lis ties dur­ing the car­ni­val.

“The fes­ti­val has proved a huge suc­cess in cel­e­brat­ing the unique di­ver­sity of Go­van­hill and pro­mot­ing unity.”

Other groups awarded fund­ing in­clude SEAL Com­mu­nity Health Project, which re­ceived £2520 for a project help­ing so­cial ex­cluded res­i­dents.

Queen’s Park Arena now has £5227 to­wards the cost of up­grad­ing the in­fra­struc­ture.

Friends of the South­ern will be awarded £2990 for a preser­va­tion and con­ser­va­tion project.

The Gor­bals Fair Com­mit­tee was granted £3000 for this year’s Gor­bals Fair Day.

Coun­cil­lor So­ryia Sid­dique said: “Ac­tive Life Club (ALC) has been trans­form­ing lives through sports since 1999. It has now reached its land­mark an­niver­sary of 20 years and re­ceived fi­nan­cial sup­port from the South­side Cen­tral Area Part­ner­ship to hold a cel­e­bra­tion event to mark this oc­ca­sion.

“I look for­ward to join­ing them in the cel­e­bra­tion ahead.

“I’m also de­lighted Black­fri­ars Pri­mary School re­ceived fund­ing in sup­port of a Com­mu­nity Al­lot­ment and Com­mu­nity Sen­sory Gar­den.

“This will al­low chil­dren and fam­i­lies to ben­e­fit from plant­ing fruit, veg­eta­bles and ac­cess to the out­doors.

“Go­van­hill In­ter­na­tional Car­ni­val and Fes­ti­val was awarded fund­ing for a fun day which I look for­ward to.”

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon at last year’s Go­van­hill Car­ni­val

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