£2 million for Scottish communities

Artists impression of new Barmulloch Community Centre
Artists impression of new Barmulloch Community Centre

West Harris in the Outer Hebrides and Barmulloch in Glasgow are celebrating £2,165,247 from our Growing Community Assets programme.

West Harris Trust manages the land on the west side of Harris and their award of £1,090,247 gives the green light for a Community Enterprise Centre at Rubha Romagaidh, Horgabost. As a hub for the community it will provide a hall, cafe and treatment room, as well as a marquee on an outdoor deck, three campervan stances, community poly-tunnels and a children’s play area. The centre will create new jobs, host events and provide services for the local community.

Artists impression of West Harris Community Enterprise Centre
Artists impression of West Harris Community Enterprise Centre

West Harris Trust Chairman, Murdo Mackay, welcomed the news: “This is a major milestone in the Trust’s work and the project will play a key role in retaining and attracting new people and businesses to live and work in West Harris.”

Barmulloch Community Development Company in Glasgow will use their grant of £1,075,000 to build a new, multi-purpose community facility to replace the existing Tenants Hall. The current hall will be demolished and the new building will host a wide range of organisations offering services and activities including health improvement, employment, training, recreation, community and social use.

Jim Hope, Development Officer, Barmulloch Community Development, said: “This is wonderful news for the people of Barmulloch and surrounding areas. The additional facilities and the new hall will allow Barmulloch Community Development Company to launch an increased range of social, health and economic development activities for local communities.”

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Our Growing Community Assets fund enables local communities to have more control and influence over their own future. Today’s funding for The West Harris Trust and Barmulloch Community Development Company will allow them to create amenities which benefit their communities through increased social and economic opportunities. These projects will support the wider regeneration of their local areas and I wish both organisations every success.”

You can find out more about our Growing Community Assets fund and how to apply here.

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