Big Lottery Fund awards for three Argyll & the Isles projects focused on either end of the age spectrum

Three Argyll community groups have been awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund for fascinating projects, one aimed for the young and one for the elderly.

1,000 Voices Project – from the Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface

This project has been given an award from the Big Lottery Fund’s Supporting 21st Century Life scheme.

It’s purpose is to support older people who experience rural isolation, loneliness or mobility problems by providing a range of community activities and opportunities for social interaction.

The title, 1,000 voices, is poignant in that elderly people, in relative isolation, feel that they have effectively been deprived of their voice.

Tarbert Templar Arts and Leisure Centre Trust and Tiree Community Development Trust

The Tarbet’s Templar Arts and Leisure Centre Trust and Tiree’s Community Development Trust have been  awarded support from the Big Lottery Fund’s Young Start programme.

The work of both groups in developing opportunities for 8 – 24 year-olds to help realise their potential in early skills development.

Political response

Labour’s Highlands and Islands List MSP, Rhoda Grant, has congratulated both of the grant-awarded community groups. She has also tabled motions pf congratulation in the Scottish Parliament.

Mrs Grant says: ‘Apart from the obvious financial benefits, these awards are a vote of confidence in the work being carried out by these community groups.

‘The award to the Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface’s ‘1000 Voices’ Project will help address the problems of isolation that many older people face, particularly in rural areas. It will help provide much needed support across the area by offering a range of local activities and opportunities for social interaction.

‘The other awards to Argyll & Bute groups, however, go to projects aimed at the other end of the age spectrum, with awards going to youth projects being carried out in Tarbert and Tiree.

‘The projects at the Templar Arts and Leisure Centre Trust and the Tiree Community Development Trust, look to offer increased opportunities for young people to develop social and artistic skills. I look forward to seeing how these schemes develop.’

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