Community Connect: North Region Shortlisted Good Cause Groups

The second cycle of Community Connect in Scotmid’s North Member Region, encompassing Inverness, Perth, Aberdeen and Dundee, will be decided on Tuesday 1 May 2018 at the Annual General Meeting in Dundee.

The three short-listed good cause groups, who will be awarded funding of £15,000, £7,500 and £2.500, vying for members’ votes on the night are as follows:

 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.

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 results will be announced on Tuesday 1 May and the next three short-listed groups will be announced – the Community Connect journey continues…