Dumfries and Galloway groups share funding pot

Nine third sector organisations across Dumfries and Galloway have shared a total of £8000 funding.

Tuesday, 16th February 2021, 5:05 pm
A volunteer at Auchencairn Initiative prepares goods in the village shop
A volunteer at Auchencairn Initiative prepares goods in the village shop

The small grants programme was part of the Response, Recovery and Resilience fund by Foundation Scotland.

Each award was targeted to help people facing challenges associated with accessing food, shelter, or basic amenities.

The programme was coordinated locally by Third Sector Dumfries and Galloway.

User and Carer Involvement received the maximum amount of £1000 towards providing valuable support for women in the Dumfries Hens’ Shed, by purchasing and posting out activity packs for them to do together in their weekly zoom meetings.

Glencairn Community Council’s award of £600 was used to provide a hot Christmas dinner for residents in the parish who lived alone, were unable to meet with family, unable to cook or afford a Christmas dinner and whose plans were cancelled at the last moment.

An award of £1000 went to Auchencairn Initiative to buy a commercial dishwasher to allow the village shop/cafe to produce bread, cakes, and takeaway meals every weekday and comply with hygiene standards.

Independent Living Support received £790 to administer energy top-ups for clients who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

Relationships Scotland Dumfries and Galloway received the maximum amount of £1000 to expand free counselling sessions to people in the region.

Food Train were delighted to receive £1000 to help support their grocery shopping service, as demand increased due to the pandemic.

Dumfries and Galloway Carers received £990, which the charity used to buy supermarket vouchers to distribute to 33 carers most in need, due to their lives being greatly impacted by the pandemic.

Portpatrick Community Development Trust received a grant of £620 and helped vulnerable and shielding members of the community by providing a regular hot meals service for 37 people.

Newstart Recycle also received the maximum grant of £1000 to enable them to work with referring organisations that provided vital support to members of the community in emergency need, during a period of unprecedented demand.