Big Lottery win for Galloway groups

Two organisations in Galloway are to receive over £200,000 between them in funding the Big Lottery Fund.

Home Start Wigtownshire and the Stranraer Water Sports Association will receive over £200,000 from the fund, which focusses on helping people and communities most in need throughout Scotland.

The Home Start group will use the money to continue delivering three family groups in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Sorbie – groups that complement their home visiting services.

The funding will allow the group to provide these valuable services for three years and over that time the organisation will work with over 125 parents and children and support 10-15 volunteers.

Mary Wilson, Co-ordinator said: “Home-Start Wigtownshire are once again delighted to receive support from The Big Lottery. We will use the money to continue delivering three family groups in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Sorbie – groups that complement our home visiting services.

“The funding will allow Home-Start Wigtownshire to provide these valuable services for three years and over that time the organisation will work with over 125 parents and children and support 10-15 volunteers.

“This will enable us to help improve the wellbeing of parents and children throughout Wigtownshire”.

The groups are run by staff and volunteers who provide a rangeof formal and informal support aimed at enhancing the well-being of both parent and child, helping with the transitionto school or nursery.

Stranraer Water Sports Association were also successful with their application and they will use the funding to give people of all ages the opportunity to learn new skills through boat building and engaging in water sports in and around Loch Ryan.

The association were awarded £110,000 from the Big Lottery fund for a project to build a skiff.

This project aims to provide a cost effective way for people of all ages and backgrounds in the local community to learn new skills through boat building and engaging in water sports.

The project also aims to encourage the community to make greater use of the natural asset of Loch Ryan.

The community will come together to build and paint two St Ayles skiffs.

After hearing the good news, Galloway MSP Finlay Carson said: “I am delighted that these two groups have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery Fund for their respective projects.

“The Home Start group is a fantastic initiative and the money will be put to good use over the next three years by providing a service that will reach out to improve the wellbeing of parents and children in Wigtownshire.

“It is an excellent service, with users participating in activities such as arts and crafts, outdoor play, storytelling and guest speakers. I am looking forward to visiting the group in the next couple of weeks to hear more about their work.

“It is equally great news that the Stranraer Water Sports Association have been successful with their application. The funding will be used to put together an exciting project that will encourage the local community to make greater use of Loch Ryan, a fantastic natural asset, and will give local people the chance to try something different and learn new skills.

“Both projects are extremely deserving of the money.”