Cash awards for community groups

Two community organisations in South Ayrshire have benefitted from financial assistance from South Ayrshire Council’s General Purposes panel of £2600.

‘Room Sixty’ a youth outreach project based at the Newton Wallacetown Church, was awarded £1,100 to help promote positive behaviour in young people.

Specifically aimed at 9-18 year olds, the project works closely with up to 100 young people to help them reach their full potential by providing opportunities for personal development and spiritual growth.

The award will go towards the costs of running activities next year, which will include a weekend at an outdoor adventure centre, ice-skating, football and other sporting activities.

Depute Provost, Councillor Mary Kilpatrick who chairs the General Purposes Panel said: “Room Sixty offers friendship, guidance, activities to young people and workers have developed the ‘STAR’ (Stop, Think, Attitude, Response) programme to help young people think about the impact of their behaviour on their families, other people and themselves.

“It’s a superb initiative and I’m pleased we can offer them a grant to help support their work with our young people.”

The local branch of Deafblind Scotland was also awarded £1,500 towards the research and production of a bi-monthly newsletter, one to one sessions and social activities in South Ayrshire.

Deafblind Scotland provides deafblind people within South Ayrshire with information services, advice and support in their preferred format, such as Braille, large print, audio tape etc.

The organisation also organises clubs, outings and special interest groups for clients and provides support and information to families, carers and professionals who work with deafblind people.

Councillor Kilpatrick said: “Deafblind Scotland currently works with 15 people in South Ayrshire who have a dual sensory impairment.

“Staff offer a vital service to provide information which helps them to make informed decisions about issues that affect their everyday life and help combat disadvantages brought on by isolation, lack of information and practical support.

“I’m delighted we can offer them an award towards their services and am pleased we’ve been able to support two excellent organisations who do so much to help others in our community.”