Kezia Dugdale has welcomed the announcement of a six-figure Lottery funding award for a community-based recycling scheme in Edinburgh.
Best Bib N Tucker CIC, based in Oxgangs, aims to bring the local community together through a programme of activities and social events based around recycling and upcycling clothes and furniture. People of all ages work together in workshops learning how to repair clothing and bedding or recycle them into other items such as shopping bags, aprons and table mats.
The organisation recently visited the Scottish Parliament to meet with MSPs, including Kez.
“I was very impressed to learn about the work of Best Bib N Tucker CIC when they visited parliament, and I’m delighted the organisation has received this cash injection from the National Lottery.
“This money will help local people of all ages in Edinburgh learn new skills, it will bring the community together, and it will also help the environment.”
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair, said:
“Thanks to National Lottery players, this £2 million investment will reach into communities across Scotland and transform the lives of local people. Each of these inspiring projects will assist people at the times when they need most support, providing them with the tools, confidence and skills to work towards a more positive future.”
A telephone service to help isolated people re-engage with the outside world, an environmental recycling programme to bring different generations together and a programme of activities promoting and encouraging a more active lifestyle are just some of the latest community projects to benefit from a £2 million cash injection announced today by the Big Lottery Fund.
• Volunteer Centre Dundee will provide a programme of tailored support for vulnerable and isolated people across the city after an award of £124,920. This includes running a telephone befriending service called “Blether Buddies” where specially trained volunteers will help lonely people engage in the art of conversation and help re-connect them with their community.
• An award of £116,828 to Best Bib N Tucker CIC, based in Edinburgh, will bring the local community in Oxgangs together through a programme of activities and social events based around recycling and upcycling clothes and furniture. Young and old will work together in workshops learning how to repair clothing and bedding or recycle them into other items such as shopping bags, aprons and table mats.
• Thanks to an award of £128,280, Volunteering Hebrides will run a wide range of dedicated health and welfare projects, activities and events for people across the island. The group will focus their work on hard to reach groups, including older people and people who have mental health problems. The funding will pay for a dedicated co-ordinator who will create a programme healthy activities such as fishing, walking and cycling which to help bring people and communities together.