CalMac fund extends island transport lifeline

CalMac funding helps Lismore community transport scheme bounce back after Covid CM_T26_lismoretransport

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A transport charity on Lismore has benefited from awards made by the CalMac Community Fund.

The latest round of funding, delivered in partnership with Foundation Scotland, welcomed applications from west coast community groups addressing mental health, improved wellbeing and social isolation, including encouraging re-engagement with community activity.

The CalMac Community Fund means Lismore Community Transport can now extend its service to the whole adult community on the island.

Gillian Dixon-Spain, Chairperson of Lismore Community Transport, said:  ‘Thanks to the CalMac Community Fund we have been able to bounce back from the effects of the pandemic on our service which suffered financially because of the restrictions. We hope to increase our user numbers over the next few months. For some of our older and infirm residents this service continues to be a lifeline.’

Since its launch in 2019 the CalMac Community Fund has now supported 195 groups deliver projects

Projects supported by the fund have engaged with more than 4,500 people living in our communities. Recent research has forecasted that for every pound awarded through the CalMac Community Fund, communities’ benefit from a social return of £7.32. It is expected to deliver £965,467.88 of value over two years.

Gordon McKillop, CalMac’s corporate social responsibility manager, added: ‘We are pleased with the Community Fund reach and look forward to the supporting worthy causes in the future.’