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Funding assists groups in Inverurie area

By Kyle Ritchie

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Groups in the Inverurie area received an early Christmas present with funding totalling more than £17,500 being allocated to them.

The National Lottery Community Fund provided The Garioch Partnership with £7000 with the group using the money to pay for a new more accessible website and two tablets. This will improve the signposting and support services they provide to community groups in towns and villages between Westhill, Insch and Newmachar.

Because Everyone Counts received £3109 which will be used to purchase materials that will allow it to run play and activity sessions for children with disabilities in their soft play centre in Inverurie.

Finally the Milne Hall Management Committee at Kirkton of Skene were awarded £7500 and will use the funding to extend the size of its kitchen and upgrade it.

This will improve the catering facilities for community groups using the space and make it a more practical venue for function hire.

For The Garioch Partnership the funding will allow it to continue to support groups in the area.

The £7000 award has been allocated towards the development of an enhanced website which will provide information and resources to support the activities of third sector groups and organisations across the area.

Assistant development worker at The Garioch Partnership Vivien Rae has been working on the development of the website alongside Kintore based Yep Digital.

The website, which was just launched, is fully responsive across all devices for ease of accessibility by users. It also hosts a community calendar for groups to share forthcoming virtual and live events.

Ms Rae said: “The importance of sharing information and resources online has been more prominent than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic.

"With frequently changing guidance and an increase in available funding sources to support organisations navigate these uncertain times, the new website provides a platform to offer online signposting and support services.

Assistant development worker at The Garioch Partnership, Vivien Rae, has been working on the development of the website.
Assistant development worker at The Garioch Partnership, Vivien Rae, has been working on the development of the website.

"Whilst we are currently unable to meet with groups face-to-face, our website will provide a useful toolkit to facilitate the continued and valued third sector work which takes place locally.”

The funding has also facilitated training support in website management and social media management for groups across Garioch.

Those interested in learning more are asked to make contact with The Garioch Partnership via the new website.

The Garioch Partnership supports people and communities with projects of all sizes, both existing and new, enabling and encouraging, and harnessing the skills and enthusiasm of local people.

The team can provide information and advice on project planning, funding, community consultation and engagement and governance.

The organisation also manages various funding grants within the Garioch area, including the Community Initiative Grant, which is still accepting new applications.

The new website is live and can be viewed at www.gariochpartnership.org.uk

As a difficult year draws to a close, £235,673 has been donated from the National Lottery Community Fund to 17 community groups across Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen.

They are amongst 161 projects across Scotland sharing in £3,931,314 for a range of activities, many of which will help people to support each other through the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland chairwoman Kate Still said: “At the end of what’s been a very difficult year for everyone, I am delighted that these groups in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen have some celebratory news to end 2020.

"These groups are all working so hard to ensure their communities thrive during these difficult times. Thanks to National Lottery players, they can now continue their amazing work.”

The fund is currently focusing its funding on projects that are supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of Covid-19. For more information visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk

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