COMMUNITY GRANT AWARDS 2016
We are delighted to announce the winners of this year’s community grant scheme.
We thought last year we received a lot of applications with just over 115 applications. This year we have been completely overwhelmed with just short of 250 applications which have flooded in from as far as Wick and Knoydart and Portree to Mosstodloch and all places in between.
With the sheer volume of applications, the judges had a very difficult job selecting the winners. As such the judges announced that we were prepared to double the number of Mini Mac grants of £500 to a total of 10 applicants. There was the Mighty Mac grant awarded of £1,000.
The winners of the grants are as follows:
Mighty Mac – Mikey’s Line
A confidential text support line acting as a support for young people facing their darkest days. Set up just under a year ago following the tragic suicides of two local youngsters, Mikey’s Line aims to provide support to youngsters in difficult times.
Counselling Care Skye and Lochalsh
Counselling service for children, young people and adults in their local community. They are the only service providing accredited counselling on Skye and Lochalsh at the point of need.
Highland Blind Tandem Club were formed in 1982 to provide a leisure and recreational activity for blind and partially sighted people and enable them to participate in activities that generally wouldn’t be available to them.
Gang of Girls
Gang of Girls are a support network of ladies battling various different types of cancer. Aged between 29 and 60, the ladies are based in the Fort William area where there is very little in the way of support groups or drop-in centres for cancer sufferers. Their nearest base is the Maggie’s Centre in Inverness, which is a 124 mile round trip. The Gang of Girls get together to have coffee, cake, relaxation classes, exercise classes and support groups tailored to their cancer treatments.
Ross & Cromarty Pipes and Drums School
The Ross & Cromarty Pipes and Drums School are a community pipe band based in Ross-shire, formed in 2013. They offer young people an opportunity to develop their skills in music and their skills in learning life and work. They try to help families with financial limitations by assisting in the cost of equipment, uniform, instruments and travel, etc.
Drakie’s Primary School – Last year’s Primary 7 class created a community café with a crèche, which continues to run on the first Friday of each month. The aim is to bring people in the wider community of all generations together. NHS Reach-out Campaign combating loneliness has highlighted the work that Drakie’s Primary School has been doing. The pupils run the café for small contributions from visitors and give them a valuable learning experience.
Inverness Street Pastors
Inverness Street Pastors are volunteers from local church groups who share a concern for community and society. They aim to engage with people wherever they are, listen to, care and help in practical ways in the city centre, Hilton, Merkinch and North Kessock to make people feel safer and cared for and help reduce crime.
Morning Call has been operating in the Highland since 1990. They make calls every day of the year to people who need the reassurance that someone is going to check they’re alright. They are endeavouring to reduce loneliness and isolation. They also provide a service that sometimes clients who do not answer their call are ill or have sadly passed away and they are able to get assistance to them where required.
Lovat Shinty Club
Lovat Shinty Club is a local sports group offering shinty to all ages and men and women in Kiltarlity and the surrounding area who have been trying to improve and encourage youth engagement in recent times.
Alzheimers’ Scotland Football Memories
Football Memories aim to provide a reminiscence group for people living with dementia in our area. They provide men with dementia a chance to connect with others going through similar experiences and to benefit from reminiscence experience. A pie and Bovril is even supplied at half time!
No Limits Caithness
No Limits Caithness deliver a holiday and Saturday club for children with additional and complex needs aiming to integrate young people and children with additional needs into their communities. By offering a wide range of activities, they increase children’s confidence and health and allow them to socialise with their peers.
In addition to the Mighty Mac and Mini Mac grants outlined above, we also identified a further 6 organisations whereby we were able to help with smaller donations where the judging panel were touched by individual stories. These were as follows:
• 12th Inverness Boys Brigade
• East Sutherland School Sports Association
• Kirkhill Senior Citizens
• Rag Tag n Textile Skye
• Reay Youth Club
• Royals Dojo Inverness Royal Academy Coding Club
The Directors and staff at Macleod & MacCallum would like to thank all applicants for the time they have taken to complete the application forms. We recognise the very valuable work happening in our communities by all of these charities and community organisations and would like to thank each and every applicant for their commitment.