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People living on Mull and Coll will benefit from community-led wellness initiatives designed to support them to live healthier lifestyles.
The Healthy Islands Fund will help to deliver these initiatives with just over £1.3 million of Scottish Government funding from the wider £30 million Islands Programme.
On the Isle of Coll, the Project Trust gains £30,000 for its ‘BicyCOLL’ green travel policy. On Mull, Pennyghael Community Hall receives £44,680.80 for phase one of its renovations, while Mull & Iona Community Trust has been awarded £9,800 for the Our Islands’ Community Wellbeing Project, and Tobermory Harbour Association has been given £4,052 for the Aros Waterfront Development.
The fund is managed by Inspiring Scotland, with 56 projects spanning across 35 islands. Projects focus on building local capacity to increase well-being, foster connections and promote healthy and resilient islanders and communities – helping them to recover from the impact of the pandemic.
Islands Secretary Mairi Gougeon said: ‘It’s important that local communities have initiatives that can promote participation and equality in physical activity, as we’ve outlined in our National Islands Plan. We need to ensure these are locally-led and local community groups are often best placed to provide these services on our islands.
‘The projects that we are funding will help encourage people to live healthier lifestyles and improve their resilience. I’m so grateful to the groups for applying to help improve the lives of the people living across Scotland’s islands and I can’t wait to see them in action.’