Carrick groups scoop lottery wins

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COMMUNITY groups across South Ayrshire are winners this week after the announcement of the latest Big Lottery grants.

Carrick, Cumnock & doon Valley SNP MSP Adam Ingram has welcomed the announcement from the Big Lottery Fund that 12 projects in Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley have secured funding.

The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All, Investing in Ideas and 2014 Communities.

Neverassume, based in Girvan is just one of the projects to have secured funding of £7,800 through the Awards for All programme. This will fund 12 outdoor activities for 15 people, a two night camping trip as well as enabling them to buy a camera, laptop and printer.

Commenting on the awards Mr Ingram said: “I was delighted to hear that 12 projects in Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley have received funding totalling £56,549.

“Projects such as Neverassume in Girvan have secured financial assistance which is warmly welcomed and will go some way in supporting those who have been affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

“Other projects across the constituency have also benefitted with awards ranging from £1,192 for the Girvan and District Attractions and Entertainment Association to £9,904 for Maybole Community Association.

“The financial assistance secured by all the groups will be a welcome boost and I congratulate them all on their successful bids .”

Sandra Osborne MP welcomed these twelve lottery grants and believes that they illustrate well the vibrant and active community across Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock which lottery funding helps to maintain.

The groups successful in applying for funding are;

Z1 Girls Groups based in Girvan, who offer dance lessons to young girls between the ages of 13 -18 were given £1,479.

Newton Primary School will use their award to regenerate school grounds were given .

Maybole Community Association were given a grant of £9,900 for the purchase of a generator and portable stage. Gardenrose Primary School based in Maybole were given £2,000 to fund a Community Health project. who will organise and deliver an innovative new programme of employability workshops for people over the age of 16 were given £8.700. Girvan and District Attractions and Entertainment Association will purchase new gazebos and sound system which will enable them to continue hosting the Carrick Lowland Gathering with a grant of £1,192.

Queen Margaret Academy will purchase equipment enabling them to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Kincaidston and Belmont Bowling club will refurbish its toilet facilities for the benefit of its members and the surrounding community. 3 Village Gardening Club based in Kirkmichael will work with a local artist, primary school pupils and the wider community to design and create entrance signs with a floral theme for the villages of Kirkmichael, Crosshill and Straiton with a grant of £4,400. Neverassume, based in Girvan, will offer a programme of outdoor activities to its members and volunteers, all of whom have been affected by drug and alcohol abuse. Fisherton Primary School is to fund a programme of extracurricular activities for pupils. Hillside School, Cumnock, will develop part of the school grounds to establish an orchard.

Sandra said: “All the successful organisations deserve congratulations for all their hard work which will bring great benefits to all our communities across Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock.”