Kintyre groups benefit from National Lottery funding

Members of Southend's resilience group, from left: Margaret McDowall, Elizabeth Barbour and Pat Healey.
Members of Southend's resilience group, from left: Margaret McDowall, Elizabeth Barbour and Pat Healey.

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Several Kintyre groups were among 13 from Argyll and Bute to share £1,393,132 of National Lottery funding.

The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland is currently focusing its funding on projects that are supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of  Covid-19.

Among the Kintyre groups to benefit were Dunaverty Hall, which received £2,500 to support vulnerable members of the Southend community during the pandemic with a particular focus on food shopping and prescriptions; and Kintyre Link Club, which was granted £10,000 to increase support to individuals affected by fragile mental health during the coronavirus crisis.

Margaret McDowall, a member of Dunaverty Hall committee and Southend Community Council, said: ‘We were fortunate to receive funding which was to help with our resilience group during the pandemic. We have a team of 20 volunteers who have been shopping for residents, delivering prescriptions from the surgery, getting fuel for lawn mowers and so on. Thank you to all who have helped with deliveries.

‘In addition, we bought masks and hand gel and gave supplies to every household in Southend, knowing that it would become compulsory to wear masks in public places. We also received a small quantity of hand soap and some more gel from Kintyre Community Resilience Group.’

Kintyre Link Club’s funding award helped pay for two new members of staff – support worker Roxanne Docherty and therapist Gayle Barrett, to work alongside manager Tracy Chambers, helping more than 20 people in Kintyre who suffer from poor mental health.

Tracy said: ‘As a team we have had to find a totally different way to make sure our members stayed at home, stayed safe and had the same opportunities as they had before. We are incredibly thankful to the National Lottery for their continued support and each and every member is truly grateful.’

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland chairperson, Kate Still, said: ‘These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, recognise the incredible work happening across Scotland to create stronger, more connected communities.

‘I am delighted that some of this funding will be used to transform existing buildings into community hubs that will carry on the strong community spirit that has been so evident in recent times.

‘National Lottery players can be proud to know that money they raise by buying tickets is continuing to make such a difference.’