Supporting communities fund helps thousands

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Out of £28,893 awarded to 16 Oban, Lorn and Isles organisations from Argyll and Bute’s supporting communities fund last year, £2,170 is due to be returned unspent.

Oban, Lorn and the Isles Area Committee agreed last week the money coming back from Ardchattan Community Council could be carried forward to give to groups next year.

Members also agreed that Oban Community Sensory Garden could keep  the £650 it had been awarded to finish a project this winter. The project to get an arts tutor to work with adults with learning disabilities had not run its course because of a tutor’s illness. It will be spent by March.

In all, the 2018/19 grants supported 5,250 people to get involved with projects from outdoor activities, sports, music and mental health.

Highlights included a start-up grant for a Lego Club in Oban, a range of youth projects including marine environment education sessions for children in Mull, and strength and conditioning classes for older people in Dalmally.