£1.8m National Lottery cash supports Glasgow community projects

A team of volunteers in the East End helping others in their community by dropping off emergency supplies is today amongst 29 Glasgow groups sharing in £1,878,672 of National Lottery funding.

Easthall Residents Association is amongst 141 groups, from charities to smaller voluntary led community projects, across Scotland sharing in £7.3m of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund for a range of activities, many of which will help people to support each other through the COVID-19 crisis.  

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Projects funded include those that will deliver emergency care packages to vulnerable Scots, those providing online and telephone support to isolated people, as well as projects that will bring people together and give hope for the future once the lockdown is over.

Easthall Residents Association receives £9,000 to drop off emergency supplies to vulnerable members of their community, as well as a second award of £137,264, over three years, to be able to expand its range of community activities. 

Project Co-ordinator, Andy Gilbert, said: “Many people in our community have been placed in uncertain circumstances whether they are self-employed, self-isolating or shielding. This funding means we can reach out to them and provide the immediate support they need from providing food or activity packs or doing emergency food shopping or prescription collections.  In addition to this vital work we can now provide a solid base and much needed security for our organisation, ensuring as we come out the other side of COVID-19 we have a focus to continue and build our services and activities for our community and our people.”

Brunswick Youth Centre (Glasgow) Limited will use an award of £10,000 todeliver an emergency response service for approximately 600 isolated and vulnerable people living in Balornock and Barmulloch. 

Greg Lennon, Brunswick Youth Centre Operations Manager, said: “This award means that the Brunswick Centre can provide emergency support and provision to those most in need in our communities through our emergency payments for pre-paid energy meters, emergency food packs and emergency supplies.   

“To date we have delivered over 800 emergency food parcels, provided over 4000 meals, made over 300 welfare calls and provided over 100 emergency energy payments. None of this would have been possible without the assistance of the National Lottery Communities Fund. 

Announcing today’s funding, The National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Director, Neil Ritch, said: “In these difficult and unprecedented times, it’s heartening to see the way Scottish communities are coming together to provide each other with support.  These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, recognise the hugely valuable and important contribution that Scotland’s voluntary and community sector plays in boosting the health, wellbeing and morale of local people.  

“Many of them have found innovative ways to keep their communities connected during the current crisis, whilst others will support people in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.” 

The National Lottery Community Fund, over the next six months, will focus its National Lottery funding in Scotland on those projects that supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of Covid19. 

To find out more visit TNLCommunityFund.org.uk .