Edinburgh groups receive funding

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Bridgend Inspiring Growth, Craigmillar

Edinburgh groups receive funding thanks to Health Lottery Scotland.

Throughout January, Health Lottery Scotland is raising money for local good causes across Scotland. So far, Health Lottery Scotland has raised more than £10 million for local good causes.

Bridgend Inspiring Growth received investment of £44,493 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised through the Health Lottery Scotland.

The Bridgend Inspiring Growth project aims to continue developing Bridgend Farmhouse as a hub and learning centre for the communities of Craigmillar, Inch and Moredun North which surround Craigmillar Castle Park woodlands. It aims to create stronger links between these residents through their commonly shared resource and will run activities including landscaping, gardening, outdoor crafts and community lunches. The project will be led by residents through a monthly forum for all members. A small grants scheme, ‘Acorn fund’ will enable residents to make decisions on local projects.

Donna McArdle from Bridgend Inspiring Growth said: “This funding has really helped to create a great community of people who are learning, working and growing together to develop a flourishing community and place.

WHALE, The Arts Agency received investment of £13,638 from People’s Health Trust, using money raised through the Health Lottery Scotland.

The “Stitch 'n' Time: Sew Powerful” project will provide support adults in the Wester Hailes area of Edinburgh who experience anxiety, isolation, depression and other issues of ill-health and disability. The project will provide a weekly textile workshop led by an experienced tutor that enables group members to gain new skills, participate in community initiatives and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. The group decides on the activities it undertakes, plans community projects and manages the materials budget.

Leah Black from WHALE, The Arts Agency said: “This funding has supported the textile group, provided regular free sessions and enabled greater participation from the wider community.”

Chris Lunn, Director of Health Lottery Scotland, said: “We are delighted that money raised by Health Lottery Scotland is supporting such important local projects.”

Local grass roots charities in Scotland will benefit from Health Lottery tickets sold from 1 January until 31 January. What’s more, during that time, for every £1 entry into a weekly lottery draw the player will automatically be entered into the monthly mega raffle taking place on 1 February 2019, with a guaranteed prize of £250,000.

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