BIG projects star on Community Channel


Local communities across Scotland explain how Big Lottery funding has helped improve their lives in this episode of the Community Channel’s UK360 programme.

Up-to-Us is a campaign run by Parents and Change that provides care and support for disadvantaged young people across Scotland, as well as giving advice to parents to help strengthen their bond with their children. Isobel Holburn from the tiny island of Foula describes life with 24 hour electricity after 50 years without. The Engine Shed in Edinburgh offers work experience and training to people with learning disabilities. Chris Hicks is part of the team and explains how it’s affected him.

After years struggling with depression and mental health problems, Mellissa Frost found help at the Big Lottery funded SeAscape organisation and talks about how she is turning her life around. In Glasgow, Bruce Budge is a Life Coach for the Routes Out of Prison scheme.

A reformed prisoner himself, Bruce works to help former offenders find employment and avoid falling back into a life of crime. He tells us about his personal experience of prison and his resolve to help others. Thanks to Big Lottery Fund support, Bruce Budge is able to help improve the lives of ex-offenders.

Bruce Budge
Bruce Budge

Cowal, in the Highlands, has one of the highest elderly populations in the country, so local residents set up an Elderly Befriending scheme with BIG Scotland support to help keep them active members of the community. 97 year old Bill Mather talks about the scheme and what it means to him.

A project to benefit from the Awards for All programme is the Sikh Sanjog and Punjab’n De Rasoi Social Enterprise Project. The organisation has been helping Sikh women since 1989 with the tools, training, and support to succeed in education.

Alison Parker used to run the Auchincairn Post Office in Dumfries and Galloway from a portacabin but has seen business soar after moving into the Lottery-funded enterprise centre. Alison remembers the cramped and cold conditions she once worked in and says the new centre with its post office and shop puts her at the centre of the local community. As well as securing the future of the post office, the enterprise centre provides space for new businesses including a nursery.

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