Huntly Wellbeing Hub and Inverurie park amongst 10 Aberdeenshire National Lottery cash recipients

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A national round of Lottery funding has seen over £11.8 million awarded to projects across Scotland, with 10 Aberdeenshire recipients set to benefit alongside seven in Aberdeen City.

Amongst the grants were Huntly based Networks of Wellbeing which operates from premises at Park Street and which promotes and supports people in improving their mental health and wellbeing and who received £133,389 to continue to operate and offer support to the community including ex-military and veterans.

Inverurie based Ury Riverside Park will use their £6981 funding to monitor biodiversity and people numbers, helping to build a picture of how the development of the site by the community affects the site overall.

Awards were made as follows –

Aberdeen Cyrenians – £188,192. This group will use the funding for a community hub that will support people experiencing homelessness, isolation, crisis and financial hardship. There will be access to food, clothing, showers, a utility room and a digital literacy section. Staff and volunteers will also provide support and advice with benefits.

Aberdeen Swordsmanship Group – £3450. The group will purchase protective wear and train members in first aid so that they can promote Historic European Martial Arts to potential new members.

Banchory and District Initiative – £9580. The group use the funding for a project coordinator who will oversee a number of environmental initiatives involving around 50 local volunteers.

Crathes Public Hall Trust – £9999. This group will replace the soffits and fascia’s and redecorate the hall as part of a wider renovation overhaul for their village community space.

Gourdon Community Council – £1280. This group will use the funding to produce a mural on the shipping container in Boath park, improving the local amenities.

Leys Charitable Trust – £10,000. This group will use the funding to put on a re enactment of the Battle of Corrichie

which took place in 1562. The event is open to the public and will attract many people from Banchory and neighbouring areas in Aberdeenshire.

Networks of Wellbeing – £133,389. This group will continue to deliver and develop a programme of free, community based work supporting people with poor mental health to become more resilient and re-connect with others. The services provided will take place in Huntly and surrounding villages but are open to people across the NHS Grampian region.

Royal British Legion Scotland, Oldmeldrum Branch – £10,000. The group will install insulation into their Royal Legion Hall in Oldmeldrum.

Slains and Collieston Community Council – £6369. The grant will fund a programme of community drop in sessions through the winter months to reduce social isolation and promote community wellbeing. The funding will also fund a robotic lawnmower to assist with maintenance of the community garden.

The Boddam Hub – £7800. This group will create a new community space to highlight the history of Boddam which will be a carbon negative space with the use of solar power and green technology. It will be a central spot for community to meet and take part in a range of activities.

The Haven in Stonehaven – £124,888. This organisation will offer free wellbeing services to anyone living in Aberdeenshire and Angus’ AB39 postcode. Residents will be able to take part in activities chosen by the community and those involved will benefit from opportunities to socialise, and to improve their physical and mental health while on a wider scale the project will foster community connections and resilience.

Ury Riverside Park – £6981. This group will use the funding to monitor biodiversity and people numbers, helping to build a picture of how the development of the site by the community affects the site overall. All sorts of community volunteers will take part and it will be both active social projects, and educational school and young people projects


Aberdeen Multicultural Centre – £10,000. The group will use funding for their annual Mela event in Aberdeen. Thousands of people attend the Mela to see performances from diverse cultures across the city.

Aberdeenshire Cricket Club – £9550. The group will renovate their function room so that it may better serve the wide

variety of local community groups that use the space.

Citymoves Dance Agency – £4450. The group will take their dance company into care homes across Aberdeen. There

will be a choreographed dance performance, tea and cake with residents and a workshop after to engage the residents in physical movement and creativity stimulation.

Four Pillars – £10,000. The group will use the funding to continue to operate their LGBT hub in central Aberdeen.

Goan Community Aberdeen – £4500. The group based in Aberdeen will host a programme of weekly activities, events and celebrations to mark their culture.

Grampian Regional Equality Council – £130,171. This project will continue and develop the group’s weekly language café in the Aberdeen Arts Centre. The service offers support with English, a space for to learn about services, and social and creative opportunities. There will be a caseworker on hand for complex issues and an ESOL tutor for those with very limited English.

North East Rider Volunteers Scotland – £4000. This group will use the funding to provide transportation of medical samples and treatments, medical equipment, donated breast milk and medical files for free to the NHS. They operate across the NHS Grampian region.

Announcing the funding, Kate Still, Scotland Chair, The National Lottery Community Fund said: “I am delighted to see over £11 million of National Lottery funding going to projects where connections and community action are central to happier healthier lives.

“It’s all thanks to National Lottery players that we can continue funding these activities which provide such life changing support to thousands of people like Billy.”

The National Lottery Community Fund distributes funding on behalf of National Lottery players who raise more than £30 million each week for good causes throughout the UK.

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