North Community Connect Winners Announced

Aberdeenshire’s Home-Start Kincardine received a huge financial boost after being awarded funding of £15,000 through Scotmid Co-operative’s Community Connect initiative.

A voluntary organisation that provides emotional and practical support and friendship to families with at least one child under the age of five, within Kincardine and Mearns, Home-Start Kincardine received the top financial award by earning the most member votes in Scotmid’s North Region; encompassing Inverness, Dundee, Aberdeen and Perth, at the Annual General Meeting in Inverness last night (Tuesday 30 April).

Aberdeenshire’s Home-Start Kincardine were awarded £15,000 while the Black Isle’s Cromarty Community Rowing Club won £7,500 and Angus-based Strathmore Rugby Club Community Trust received £2,500.

The £15,000 Community Connect funding will be used to help Home-Start Kincardine to establish family groups that will broaden the charity’s support service by bringing families together in different ways.

Home-Start Kincardine Board Member Ian Anderson said: “We’re both delighted and overwhelmed to have been awarded £15,000 funding through Community Connect -we’re extremely grateful to the Scotmid members who voted for us.

“It is initiatives like Community Connect that provide the invaluable funding we need, allowing us to help and support local families to meet the challenges they face every day.”

Scotmid Co-operative Director Sheila Downie said: “Congratulations to Home-Start Kincardine and all the latest Community Connect award winners.

“This was the fourth Community Connect awards in Scotmid’s North Region – local charities in our area have now benefited from over £100,000 funding – and it has been phenomenal to see the initiative develop into such a key part of our society.

“Our core purpose is to serve our local communities and improve people’s everyday lives and Community Connect goes towards enabling us to achieve those goals.

“We very much look forward to seeing all these projects come to life and working together to improve the quality of life for people in our local communities.”

Image (left to right): Home-Start Kincardine’s Laura Lambert, Cromarty Community Rowing Club’s Wanda Mackay and The Strathmore Rugby Club’s Community Trust’s Josh Gabriel-Clarke  celebrate receiving their Community Connect awards at the North Member AGM in Inverness

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