Four Argyll groups get Awards For All lottery funding

The Awards for All Scotland fund is supported by the three UK lottery fund awarding agencies of Creative Scotland, sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund.

The latest tranche of awards has just been made and includes four beneficiaries in Argyll, which will be widely welcomed.

Rockfield Primary School Parent Teachers Association

Rockfield Primary School Parent Teachers Association, based in Oban, has rbeen given £890 in an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The PTA will operate ‘Big Talk Bag’  – a trial project for pre-school and P1 children, making up 15 themed bags for the children to take home. The initiative is designed to foster imaginative play and develop language skills. The grant will cover the buying of  15 bags, 3 Tuff Cams, 3 audio recorders and other bits and pieces,

Isle of Seil Rowing Club

Isle of Seil Rowing Club has been given £1,500 in an Awards for All grant from sportscotland’s lottery money which it will use towards buying a purpose built trailer to transport the community built skiff to local launch sites.

Oban High School

Oban High School has been given £7,434 in an Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund. It will use this towards buying fitness equipment to support breakfast, lunchtime and after school clubs specifically aimed at girls no longer members of extracurricular clubs but wanting to get fitter. Specifically, the grant will help the school to buy 12 spin bikes, 3 treadmills, 1 rowing machine, 1 cross trainer and training for three staff on spin instruction and on the installation of the equipment.

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis has been given an £8,550 Awards for All grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The organisation will use the grant to develop a new website and distribute supporting materials to pupils at local secondary schools, informing young people from 12 to 18 of their youth project, TESSA. The aim is to get information to young people in more accessible and appropriate ways to raise awareness of sexual abuse, harassment and sexual bullying. The grant will cover the cost of the design and creation of the website; the design and production of 6,500 wallet cards; the design of a template of a web-based graphic magazine and the production of six issues of it.

Local MSP Michael Russell has welcomed the awards, saying: ‘I am delighted that four groups in the Argyll and Bute constituency have recently been successful in applying to Awards for All, securing a total of £27,676 funding. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming this funding and congratulating all, whose hard work and commitment has secured these funds. Many people in Argyll and Bute will benefit from their efforts which are commendable.’

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7 Responses to Four Argyll groups get Awards For All lottery funding

  1. It’s a pittance. They splashed out £billions to have a successful Olympic/Para Games. Yet when the small business federation are going through record closures in Argyll and Bute, no aid from Westminster or “The awards for all” Scotland. Small businesses are the biggest employers facing record heart-breaking redundancies in Argyll.

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  2. Did Mike Russell do anything at all to help these groups get these awards – or is he just jumping on the ‘feelgood factor’ bandwagon again?

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    • From the wording of your question, I think you already know the answer. Having been involved a number of times in obtaining Awards for All money for small charities, and larger amounts from, e.g., Big Lottery, Heritage Lottery, etc., I can tell you that I have never seen a box on any application form to demonstrate that you have the support of your local MSP. Yet on almost every occasion when an award has been made, the local councillor and/or MSP pops up and links him/herself to the award.

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      • So, I was right then. Mikey Boy is just making it look like he had some influence….

        Well it’s either that or I could release a press release (indeed we all could individually) saying ‘Simon is delighted that four groups in the Argyll and Bute constituency have recently been successful in applying to Awards for All, securing a total of £27,676 funding. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming this funding and congratulating all, whose hard work and commitment has secured these funds. Many people in Argyll and Bute will benefit from their efforts which are commendable.”

        But being an honest person I would feel obliged to add ‘Mind you Simon, unlike Mikey Boy, would admit that he had naff all to do with this award but just likes to see his name associated with a positive story’.

        Or is that being too honest???????

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    • We’ve checked on this, David.
      Mr Russell was including an award for a project related to the author Naomi Mitchison – but the awarded project was from a group in Inverness.
      Naomi MIrchison – born Naomi Haldane in Edinburgh – came to live in Carradale in Argyll, with her husband and family,in 1939 and died there in 1999.

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