The popular National Lottery funded Celebrate programme has made its last awards. Among them are a range of festive and New Year celebrations that will bring communities together to enjoy the spirit of Christmas including North Glasgow charity, Possobilities.
An award of £3,738 meant they were able to give local children the chance to take part in a whole range of Festive activities including decorating their own baubles and biscuits as well as paying a visit to a very special guest who was in Glasgow for the week. Manager, Jim McCabe explained how Santa came to Possilpark. Jim said, “It may be the most wonderful time of the year but if the kids haven’t been to see Santa then is it really Christmas at all?
“At a time when things are tough for many local families, paying a small fortune to see Santa in one of the city’s department stores isn’t really an option. So we set up a very special grotto in the Summer House close to the Centre with the help of some trusty elves. It was a very busy week for Santa and his team as, over the course of a week, we welcomed over 227 kids from local groups, nurseries and families to share in the magic.
We transformed the Centre into winter wonderland with the help of Development Support Worker (and Santa’s Chief Elf), Claire Nisbet. Claire said, “It was really magical to have the kids singing carols and we even had groups who came in and sang for Santa. It was a really busy week for all the staff but when you see the smiles on children’s faces, all the stress and hard work worth it. It really reminded everyone what Christmas is all about
Since July this year Celebrate has awarded £717,105 to 178 projects covering every local authority in Scotland. Groups across the country brought communities and different cultures together to enjoy a wide range of events from music and film festivals through to organisation birthday bashes and celebrations.