tackling health inequalities in Mid Scotland
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Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.

Projects funded using money raised by healthGift

Total amount distributed to charities to date is: £1,421,624

Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
CLEAR Buckhaven Buckhaven £44,075 This new two-year project involves the delivery of regular indoor and outdoor events and activities in Buckhaven in Fife. There will be outdoor activities to improve the local environment such as litter picks, gardening and community art as well as walks and cycle outings. Indoor activities will include social and educational activities such as film shows and crafts and there will also be coffee mornings and exercise classes. The intention is to rekindle the community spirit in the town and it is in response to the need for more activities locally.
Different Visions Celebrate Dundee £26,630 This new two-year project will enable young people from the LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) community in Dundee to be able to meet safely, discuss issues, socialise, run events and share information. It will also raise awareness in schools and communities about discrimination and its impact. The project aims to address issues related to social and emotional isolation, sexual orientation and abuse or risk of it.
Kirkmichael Community Development Group Helensburgh £7,718 This new one-year project will provide a weekly Meet and Eat social event, which will bring people together in an informal way to share a meal, get to know each other and build support networks. It is aimed at two groups of residents - older people and parents and young children - with sessions alternating between them. The Meet and Eat events will provide an opportunity for participants to start sharing ideas and aspirations and to address issues facing Kirkmichael, in Helensburgh, Scotland.  The project will address the issues of general community and neighbourhood work and social and emotional isolation.
Link Up Lunch Club  Dundee  £31,783 This new two-year project involves Link Up Lunch Club in Whitfield, Dundee employing a community capacity worker to build the capacity of a group of local residents currently running a lunch club so that they have the skills to run their own community café and deliver allotment and baking activities. The skills the group will develop include volunteer recruitment and training, finance and budgeting. The worker will also create a training programme for the volunteers. The project aims to support the development of the organisation and enable it to expand by increasing the number of volunteers and activities it delivers.
North Argyll Carers Centre Ltd  North Argyll  £29,477 This existing project will continue for a further two years to support young carers aged eight to 15 years old from Oban and Lorn in North Argyll. They will be able to take part in support groups, enjoy social activities including day-trips and a film project and gain respite from their caring roles through residential activity. Young carers often become isolated and can feel stigmatised. The project will boost their self-confidence and resilience and support them at key times in their lives.
The Tower Digital Arts Centre  Argyll  £24,128 This new two-year project will provide a Silver Screen Film Club with hot soup and bread before and a cup of tea and biscuit afterwards. The social time can be used to build connections and enjoy sharing an experience together. The applicant is linking with groups already working in the target area and will form a steering group to help make decisions about the project. 
MyBUS CT Ltd Firth of Forth £29,904 This new two-year project will provide a social club at weekends to engage socially isolated older and disabled people in the Levenmouth which is a network of small settlements on the north side of the Firth of Forth. The club will provide friendly company, activities and short trips. Four accessible minibuses operated by the group will be used to bring the people to the club and to provide small local trips. The project aims to address issues related to age, learning disability, and social/emotional isolation.
Theatre Broad Stirling £24,975 This existing one-year project aims to run theatre workshops for people in and around Stirling who are living with disabilities. Participants will be given the chance to create characters, write scripts and then have the choice about performing their work on stage or via short films. The workshops will culminate in public performances in urban venues such as Tolbooth Theatre, Stirling. The project will address the issues of social or emotional isolation, mental ill-health and learning disability.
Bottom of the Hill TRA  Dundee £50,000 This is an extension of an existing project for a further year providing activities sessions for all ages, and residential educational trips.  The project will serve Hilltown /Coldside which is an urban area in north Dundee.
Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers  Fife £13,138 This one year project is the continuation of existing activities. Forth & Tay Disabled Ramblers will take a group of disabled and able-bodied people from Fife, a local authority area on the east coast of Scotland, out into the countryside on ten rambles between April and October using mobility scooters owned by the charity.
Hawkhill Community Association  Alloa £28,837 This two-year project builds upon an existing pilot to establish a community garden providing opportunities for people suffering from social isolation in Hawkhill, a disadvantaged area in the town of Alloa. The garden will be open every weekday.
Amina - the Muslim Women's Resource Centre  Dundee £41,676 This new two-year project aims to provide intergenerational activities bringing together older Muslim/Black and Minority Ethnic women with younger volunteers.  The project will serve beneficiaries from regeneration areas in Dundee and addresses: social or emotional isolation, race, and mental ill-health.
Deaf Links  Tayside £32,561 This two-year project will provide welfare information and advice, financial and debt training and advocacy support for deaf and deaf-blind people living across Tayside. The project focusses on disability, social and emotional isolation and physical and sensory disability.
Linton Lane Centre  Kirkcaldy £18,896 This twenty-one-month project is the continuation of an existing childcare group which Linton Lane Centre, a community centre in Kirkcaldy, a coastal town in Fife.  The childcare group provides 15-20 spaces three afternoons a week for children aged 2-3 years old and targets families living in the Templehall area of Kirkcaldy or close to where the community centre is based.
Nilupul Foundation  North Dundee £17,575 This one year project is based on a successful pilot scheme. The group will run three HEADROOM mindfulness courses alongside supporting community members in establishing sustainable, community-led ‘Sit ‘n’ Share’ mindfulness support groups which are self-led. The project is aimed at people in Whitfield, an urban area in north Dundee. The Nilupul Foundation believes that mindfulness can help participants manage stress, improve self-esteem, promote self-care, resilience and self-reliance, and encourage improved communication and relationship-building.
Boomerang Community Centre Dundee £16,562 This two-year project will build on the current young volunteer project where young people work alongside members of the community to document and maintain the local Stobsmuir Pond Park. This intergenerational media project will create a photographic census of residents in the local community.
Maxwelltown Information Centre Dundee £46,250 This two-year project aims to employ a garden coordinator to support local children and community groups using an allotment space in Hilltown.
Stirling Family Support
Services (SFSS)
Stirling £42,066 This new ten-month project aims to deliver children’s clubs comprising positive play and swimming for disadvantaged children aged 5-12 looked after by kinship carers, in the Top of Town, Raploch and Hillpark Bannockburn areas of Stirling.
Valleyfield Heritage Project Fife £15,248 This new nine-month project aims to engage marginalised young people in High Valleyfield to transform an area of ancient woods which is blighted by graffiti which has largely been blamed on the local youth. The intention is to organise a public art project alongside community clean-ups and to plant a wildflower meadow making the woodland a safer and visually more attractive area.
The Attic SCIO Dundee £28,702 This new two-year project will employ a part-time support worker to help people build a stronger community in Kirkton through establishing a befriending service with disabled, lonely and isolated people being visited in their homes.
Hearing Voices Network Dundee Dundee £43,291 This new two-year project aims to deliver an arts programme incorporating film, photography, story-telling and other creative mediums to enable people who experience serious mental illness to develop their ability to express themselves.
The Ecology Centre Kinghorn £47,733 A Tool Shed will be set up where local male volunteers will refurbish tools and other items for use by the local community and beyond 3 days a week.
PLUS Kinross Kinross £49,942 To assist people recovering from mental illness and substance misuse, and  from other disadvantaged groups, as 'catalysts' for change to create a happier, healthier, sociable and connected community by linking people together, providing hope and peer support, information/ training, challenging prejudice in a local way via Drop-Ins, Speakers Bureau, Newsletter and social media.
CLEAR Buckhaven Buckhaven £38,564 To run a programme of activities for local residents that will include: growing and environment conservation sessions and outreach events at community centres and Kids clubs in Buckhaven.
Strathmore Centre for Youth Development Blairgowe £46,130 To run a weekly group for local young people from Rattray, a neighbourhood in Blairgowe, to plan and oversee the development of group projects.
Drugs Initiative Group Forfar £29,000 To provide a lunch club for older people twice per week for 50 weeks per year in Forfar, Angus.
Throsk Community Enterprises Thorsk £9,462 To run a two-hour weekly work club for unemployed or under employed people in Throsk and another neighbouring village, Fallin.
Boomerang Community Centre Dundee £9,724 Support twelve disadvantaged youngsters, aged between 12 and 16, to integrate into community life and assist the participants toward achieving the Dynamic Youth Accreditation certificate.

The Local People programme takes a neighbourhood approach, engages local people and empowers them to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Royal Voluntary Service  Arbroath £216,580 Over 18 months each of these projects will support and empower 100 older people who live in Arbroath to identify barriers and bring about change to improve their lives, health and wellbeing. RVS will work with local people and groups to identify what resources, skills and knowledge they already have, or which are available within their communities and networks, and what additional capacity and support they need to take collective control over coproduction and delivery of interventions they want and need.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Carers Trust   £46,855 To support carers and ensure they are making healthy choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
The Conservation Volunteers   £45,262 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Perth and Kinross ADHD Support Group Perth £9,986 To give youth group members the opportunity to take part in sporting activities each week to support members to maintain a healthy lifestyle, increase self-awareness and self-esteem and help them become active and positive young people within their communities.
Blarbuie Woodland Enterprise Argyll £8,700 Enable the charity to establish a coordinated approach to involving and supporting users of mental health services, disabled and infirm people, in the development and use of its public woodlands, maximising the benefits to be gained in terms of health and skills and confidence.
Nilupul Foundation Dundee £8,150 Deliver a one-year project of recreational activities for adults with additional needs who live in supported accommodation or who are supported in their own homes in Dundee.
Fife Parkour Coaching Fife £6,400 Develop youth parkour classes in local schools to engage young people in regular structured physical activity - helping to improve their physical and mental wellbeing and create healthier, more confident individuals.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making healthy choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
Sustrans   £43,357 Increase levels of activity in everyday exercises - such as walking and cycling - among young people and those in areas of high health deprivation.
The Conservation Volunteers   £27,932 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Alzheimer’s Society   £19,176 Provide a full-time dementia support worker who will assess the needs of people affected by dementia and help them maintain their independence and sense of well-being.
Royal Voluntary Service   £37,500 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
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