Funding streams keep resilience groups afloat

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Local people and groups on the Isle of Skye and Raasay have been supported with up to £52,000 of ward funding over the past year.

Members of the Isle of Skye and Raasay Area Committee provided £16,000 from Ward Discretionary Funds to support communities and £36,000 was also injected from the Community Resilience Covid-19 budget.

Both funding streams enabled members to support community groups and help a wide range of people during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

Some of the areas supported included winter fuel, collection of prescriptions, outdoor activities, play park equipment and much more.

For example, funding was provided to Broadford and Strath Community Company to the tune of £4,400, Portree and Braes Community Council received funding of £3,500 and Young Carers were awarded £9,000.

The Community Foodbank in Skye and Lochalsh benefited from a £3,350 injection of cash, Skye and Lochalsh Mental Health Association received £2,437, Viewfield Garden Collective got £1,000 and Highland and Islands Blood Bikes received £500.