Lottery funding keeps Argyll communities connected

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A lottery award of £8,715   to Lorn & Oban Healthy Options  means  more than 500 people will get digital and telephone support in lockdown that includes online exercise routines.

The award  is one of 11 across the whole of Argyll and Bute sharing in £82,707 of funding from The National Lottery  Community Fund to help get people through the COVID-19 crisis.

Healthy Option’s funding will be used to help people affected be self-isolating and shielding and who live with a range of health conditions.

Across Scotland 282 groups, from charities to smaller voluntary led community projects, are receiving awards from a £3,384,222 pot to help people get through the COVID-19 crisis.

Founder and Chairman of Lorn & Oban Healthy Options Hugh McLean said: ‘We are delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way and is helping a group like ours to support our communities during this crisis.

‘We will use this money to create an online resource of exercises and workouts, manage our growing WhatsApp client group and run our one to one telephone and video support calls and consultations.

‘This funding means we can reach out to more people and can improve the quality of our remote service delivery.  Over half of our clients are either self-isolating and or shielding. It is so important at this time that people stay safe at home but also that they keep active as this has huge benefits for their health and wellbeing.’

Other Argyll and Bute groups getting funding include the 15th Argyll (1st Muileach) Scout Group receiving £4,750, £9,923 for Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis, a creative online community called Autumn Voices to combat loneliness will get £8,845 and the GRAB Recycling Trust is to get £7,500 to support its Beaches and Marine Education project.

Iona Primary School Parent Council is getting £7,568 to equip 18 households with a 4G connection for home learning during the COVID-19 lockdown and Islay’s MacTaggart Community Cyber Cafe will receive £6,150 to hosting a number of volunteer led inter-generational activities on the island.

National Lottery Community Fund’s Scotland Director Neil Ritch added: ‘These awards, made possible by National Lottery players, are making an amazing contribution to the nation-wide response to combat the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across Scotland.

‘This funding will make a huge difference to the lives of thousands more people and highlights the vital work that’s being done in communities across the country at the moment.  It also reminds us all how important a package of tailored support can be to improve well-being and help forge a sense of belonging to a wider community again.’

Over the next six months the National Lottery Community Fund will be focusing its support in Scotland on projects helping  organisations and communities respond to the challenge of COVID-19.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk