Community projects set to receive £28,000 from council

More than 20 groups in Helensburgh and Lomond, ranging from highland games to a Santa parade and a summer outing for old people, look set to share £28,000 from Argyll and Bute Council.

Officials have recommended grants from the new ‘supporting communities fund’, which will be decided by councillors next week.

The largest figure – £3,977 – is for Welcome In, to help run a weekly recovery café for people in recovery from drug alcohol addiction, mental health issues, bereavement and social isolation.

It aims to provide a safe place to meet, to have a bowl of soup and to have professionals on hand from adult learning, alcohol and drugs partnership, the NHS and charities for support if needed.

The other groups are:

  • Argyll and Bute Youth Forum – £310.80 towards the cost of running awards to showcase young people’s contribution to the area and overcome negative portrayals of young people.
  • Argyll and Bute TSI (Helensburgh Office) – £1,184 to support a five-day fire reach course with Scottish Fire and Rescue, which will also include employability skills and support into volunteering roles.
  • Arrochar and Tarbet Senior Citizens Welfare Committee – £368.16 to help pay for a summer outing and an afternoon tea for around 50 senior citizens living in Arrochar, Tarbet, Succoth and Ardlui.
  • Arrochar, Tarbet and Ardlui Community Council – £85 to help reprinting a local history booklet ‘for the edification and interest of visitors and local people and contribute to visitor growth’.
  • Bicentenary Pipe Band Championships – £1,920 towards the overall costs of this Helensburgh event.
  • Cove and Kilcreggan Lunch Club – £856.32 to help pay for a summer outing, Christmas shopping trip and Christmas Party for 13 elderly people, plus continue to provide a weekly opportunity (during term-time) for a hot meal and socialising at Cove Burgh Hall.
  • Cove and Kilcreggan Youth Café – £880 towards youth worker’s salary to continue youth activities and support in Cove for four months.
  • Dumbarton and District Branch, MS Society – £642.40 towards costs of fortnightly drop-in at the Templeton Annex at the Civic Centre in Helensburgh.
  • Friends of the Victoria Halls – £2,320 towards the cost of delivering a more inclusive Christmas lights switch on and Santa Parade in 2017 in Helensburgh, including an open top bus for young people with mobility issues.
  • Helensburgh and District Access Trust – £1,120 to help pay for the training and qualifications for two volunteers in the skills necessary to drive a wheeled dumper, and for the hire of motorised equipment over two weeks to undertake essential repairs to the Three Lochs Way.
  • Helensburgh and District Branch of Enable – £1,050 to provide short breaks for adults with learning disabilities and expand the volunteer base and users of the existing Tuesday Group.
  • Helensburgh and District Royal British Legion Scotland – £192.50 for costs associated with the hire of the Victoria Halls, Hermitage Primary School grounds and other expenses associated with the delivery of the Remembrance Parade in November.
  • Helensburgh and Lomond Autism – £320.64 to provide independent living skills training in life skills, fire safety and personal safety to both parents and children.
  • Helensburgh and Lomond Carers SCIO – £930 to support the carers’ befriending service for adults. The service allows carers to have some time to take a break and look after their own health and wellbeing.
  • Helensburgh and Lomond Foodbank – £254.08 to help for insurance and food storage.
  • Helensburgh and Lomond Highland Games – £1,760 towards a variety of infrastructure costs and media promotion.
  • Helensburgh Community Council – £600 for a feasibility study and the practicalities involved in establishing an information centre for Helensburgh for the benefit of visitors and the local community.
  • Helensburgh Music Society – £960 towards the 2017-18 season of five concerts at the Victoria Halls.
  • Helensburgh Savoy Musical Theatre Club – £440 to help stage Sister Act in November 2017.
  • Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust – £757.39 to help replace old, diseased of vandalised trees and buy metal tree guards to protect trees from vandalism.
  • Project 81 Youth and Community Enterprise Ltd – £2,346.24 towards youth drop-in sessions and employment of at least one young person on a sessional basis, plus a contribution towards the Café n Play community activity for parents/guardians and the under-fives.
  • Rhu and Shandon Community Council – £3,420 towards professional fees for a Conservation Area Appraisal (CCA) for the designated conservation village of Rhu. The report states that the community council has been liaising closely with the council’s design & conservation officer and she has supplied a scope of works and a template for the CAA. The community council has been advised that the CAA is an appropriate use of funds and that a CAA submitted in accordance with the supplied national guidelines would be considered for adoption by Argyll and Bute Council.
  • Rosneath Peninsula Highland Gathering – £1,680 towards the organisation and delivery of the highland games in Rosneath. If poor weather disrupts the event some elements of it will be held indoors.
  • These figures are recommendations, and the final decision will be taken by members of the council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area committee on Tuesday.