£1.3 millon festive Lottery boost supports crafts and hobbies projects

A shot of Santa taken by Carluke Camera Club.
A shot of Santa taken by Carluke Camera Club.

Santa has sprinkled his festive cheer on a men’s shed group, a woodturning club, a women’s quilting group, a camera club and a project offering art lessons for dementia sufferers. They are just five crafts and hobbies schemes among a wide range of the latest 175 projects across Scotland sharing over £1,334,000 of National Lottery funding from small grants scheme Awards for All Scotland.

Members of the Carse of Gowrie and District Men's Shed learning new crafts and skills.
Members of the Carse of Gowrie and District Men’s Shed learning new crafts and skills.

In Perthshire, the Carse of Gowrie and District Men’s Shed will use their £9,913 grant for new machinery to boost the content and frequency of their workshops. The group of mainly retired men organise sessions to develop the skills and confidence of those who want to learn various crafts and technical skills.

Derek Keiller, Secretary of Carse of Gowrie and District Men’s Shed, said: “The Lottery funding for new machinery has made a significant difference to our Shed as we now provides a wide range of skills including DIY, metalwork, computing, cookery and so much more. It will also allow us to reach out to help many more men in our community who need a hobby or simply the company of other like-minded men. Our membership has increased by 25% as a result from 50 to 65 – with new members arriving every week.”

Examples of the crafts created by the Taywood Woodturning Club.
Examples of the crafts created by the Taywood Woodturning Club.

In Angus, the Taywood woodturning Club plans to replace its old lathes and display equipment to help boost members skills and numbers attending the club thanks to a grant of £6,300.

Frank DiCarlo, Chairman of Taywood Woodturning Club, said: “We were delighted at the award which will improve the club’s facilities. Firstly we can replace our existing, 10-year-old equipment with modern lathes. And secondly, we will improve our public display equipment with an easy-to-erect gazebo furnished with lightweight tables. When used at public events, this will boost our appeal and hopefully help us to recruit new members.”

Another craft hobby group to receive a grant from the scheme is the Whinhall Women’s Group in Airdrie, South Lanarkshire. Their £2,064 award will be used to buy equipment and materials to enable the group to carry out a quilting project.

Elizabeth McDonald, Chair of Whinhall Women’s Group, said: “The group are excited about our award and can’t wait to start on our quilting and patchwork project. As novices we are looking forward to increasing our knowledge and skills hopefully by leaps and bounds and produce some exciting samples of our work. As a group we have already been getting inspiration from books and attending craft fairs.”

An action shot of Hamilton Rugby Club taken by Carluke Camera Club.
An action shot of Hamilton Rugby Club taken by Carluke Camera Club.

In South Lanarkshire the Carluke Camera Club will use its £7,294 award to buy digital camera equipment and laptops to train the over 50s in the new photographic technology.

Libby Smith, Vice President of Carluke Camera Club, said: “As one of Scotland’s foremost camera clubs; we have long seen a need to pass on some of our member’s knowledge and skill sets to the community. Having identified that those requiring the most assistance to cope with the huge transition from traditional to digital photography was the over 50s, our idea of introducing practical hands-on photography courses tailored for this age group within our area was born. We are delighted that the award will make this idea a reality.”

An art class for dementia sufferers run by the Little Art School Trust in South Ayrshire.
A Little Art School Trust class for dementia sufferers in South Ayrshire.

In South Ayrshire, The Little Art School Trust plans to use its £9,508 grant to provide art classes for elderly people living with dementia in care homes across the region.

Susan Webb, Development Coordinator at Little Art School Trust, said: “We were ecstatic to learn that our application for Big Lottery Fund Scotland funding was approved. We believe that by using art we can make a big difference in our community. This award means instead of working with a handful of people with dementia in our community, we can now potentially work with hundreds by taking art into the nursing and care homes throughout South Ayrshire. This will help raise self-esteem and boost their overall well-being.”

An Awards for All Scotland spokesperson, said: “Today we have announced over £1.3 million of grants that will bring some festive cheer to communities across Scotland by helping them set up and develop a wide spectrum of projects run for and by local people. What is clear is the smallest amount of funding can often make the biggest difference to people’s lives. All of these grants are a great way to show the variety of projects that can be funded through Awards for All for people of all ages.”

Awards for All Scotland gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. It is a partnership by sportscotland and Big Lottery Fund. The programme gives out grants of between £500 and £10,000 to projects that bring communities together to enjoy a range of activities. Groups can find out more information and download an application form here.

Find out where funding has gone in your area by clicking on this December 2015 Awards for All which includes details of all 120 projects which received funding.

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