Community Connect: New Short-listed Good Cause Groups

The next cycle of Community Connect is now well underway in both Scotmid’s North and West Member Regions, the initiative exclusive to Scotmid members which enables members to make a difference in your community.


Every time you shop in store you scan your Community Connect card to collect a vote, which you will be able to cast at the West Member Region’s Annual General Meeting on Monday 30 April and North Member Region’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 1 May in Dundee.

Plus remember that every time you scan your card you are automatically entered into a monthly prize draw to win £100 worth of Scotmid vouchers.

Have you received your Community Connect card? If not or if you’ve lost your Community Connect card, please fill out a form for a replacement here 

If you are a Community Connect card holder and your contact details have changed please update the form here

The three Good Cause Groups who are currently short-listed for a financial award in the North Member Region are as follows:

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Highland Cycle Ability Centre 

Based near Inverness, Highland Cycle Ability Centre provides a cycling service aimed predominately at youngsters and young adults with physical or learning disabilities.

Specially trained and qualified staff welcome over 2,500 people per year to use specially adapted cycling equipment on a purpose-built, safe and secure cycling track.

Funding from the Community Connect award will be used to support the extension of the Centre’s outreach programme over the next two years – taking the track to young people, who will benefit from the service.


Positive Steps Initiatives

Based in Dundee, Positive Steps have the overall aim of reducing homelessness in the local community and the service currently supports 500 individuals annually, who face barriers to living independently which include having physical or learning disabilities, experiencing hardship and suffering from abuse.

Funding from the Community Connect award will be used to provide a much-needed outreach service to provide female hygiene products to women who are facing mental health or substance abuse problems.

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Alyth Youth Partnership

Alyth Youth Partnership provide clubs and activities for local young people aged 9-25 in Alyth and the surrounding areas.

The charity’s aim is to promote social inclusion, address anti-social behaviour and encourage young people to take pride in their local community.

Funding from the Community Connect award will be used fund an arts project which will give young people to identify ‘What Makes Alyth’ through the use of music, photography, spoken word, dance and art.

The three Good Cause Groups who are currently short-listed for a financial award in the West Member Region are as follows:


Glasgow East End Carers 

Formed in 1992, Glasgow East End Carers recognise that carers need support, information and advice and provide this by offering services in their ‘Carers Hub’.

The Hub provides activities that improve physical, emotional and mental well-being – providing a break from caring, helping to reduce stress and building greater resilience.

Funding from the Community Connect award will be used enable carers to attend workshops and support groups which teach stress management and relaxation techniques; helping the carers to continue in their role and reduce pressure on health and social work services.

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West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare

A foodshare charity covering Dumbarton and the Vale, West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare helps people who are experiencing food poverty – distributing food, toiletries, toys and uniforms to people in immediate need alongside agencies, who can provide longer term support.

Funding from the Community Connect award will be used to launch their innovative ‘Cooking and Growing’ programme, which enables people to learn how to grow their own food and cook healthy meals on a budget.

The funding will enable the charity to connect with people experiencing hardship and teach them cooking skills and then provide them with the cooking equipment so that they continue to use them at home.


Street Connect

Based in Glasgow, Street Connect support disadvantaged individuals dealing with addiction problems and related life-controlling issues such as mental health, homelessness and isolation.

Volunteers at Street Connect’s Outreach Cafés offer a friendly welcome, a listening ear and information on the range of services available which includes rehabilitation support.

Funding from the Community Connect award will be used to refurbish Street Connect’s Outreach Café in Glasgow city centre – improving the facilities and the service provided.

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