Four Scottish Borders projects are among the 144 across Scotland to share in the latest round of the Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Scotland grants, totalling just over £1 million.
An award of £8,150 will help to re-establish the Borders Older People Forum. This newly reformed group will co-opt a range of organisations from across the Borders to address isolation and loneliness and to champion older people’s issues and concerns.
The Chair, Diana Findlay, said, “This funding is crucial as it allows us to engage with groups throughout the region and will help more local older people to come along and have their say.
“The Borders has the largest population of older people in Scotland so it’s very important that our voice should be heard on issues that are important to us. Sharing these views and concerns will help us to improve the lives of the most vulnerable, lonely and isolated older people in our rural region.”
Eat, Sleep, Ride CIC, based at Reston, received £9,295 to deliver equine therapy to young people facing a range of challenging issues.
Borders Additional Needs Group (BANG) was awarded £9,910 to set up a parent network for parents of children and young people with additional support needs.
And Tweed Togs in Peebles was granted £5, 627 to cover its running costs for 12 months enabling it to increase capacity.