Our 2021 Highlights

As we reach the end of the year and get ready to celebrate the festive season, we wanted to reflect on our 2021 highlights.

What better way to round off the year by showcasing some of the fantastic projects in Scotland made possible by National Lottery funding!

Feldy Roo

At the beginning of the pandemic, this National Lottery funded group was set up by local businessman and football manager Gavin Price, to deliver hot meals to local residents isolating in the small town of Aberfeldy.

Feldy Roo started out a short-term project. But when the pandemic kept on going, so did they. By the middle of 2021 they had made and delivered an incredible 50,000 meals, and had been recognised for their amazing work by the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce – bringing home the annual Best Community Group award.

This service not only made sure elderly and isolated residents were fed hot meals, but helped to reduce loneliness – with their doorstop visits being greatly appreciated and much anticipated by those who were shielding.

It’s been amazing to see this community come together to help each other, with 140 volunteers of all ages rising to the challenge. This project, which blossomed from being a response to the pandemic, has become so much more. They are now hosting local bingo nights and have recently helped residents who were affected by Storm Arwen.

We particularly loved this video of young volunteer Jillie-Anne being serenaded on the bagpipes.

A young volunteer smiles as she watches a local resident playing the bagpipes from his doorstep. She is dropping off a food package.
Young volunteer for Feldy Roo got a lovely surprise when local resident played the bagpipes for her when she dropped off a food package.

BHA BeFriend

Back in June of this year, we saw the return of The Eden Project’s Big Lunch! National Lottery funded group BHA BeFriend hosted their outdoors Big Lunch with some help from Abundant Borders.

The project were awarded £200,000 in National Lottery funding to continue their befriending service for older people in Berwickshire and Kelso, by the Scottish Borders. Led by a fantastic group of volunteers they have been able to run face-to-face meetings, group activities and telephone befriending.

The Big Lunch was a chance for them to share a meal and connect with each other and the community and it was wonderful to see them bringing so many people together for a day of packed lunches and laughter!

They even caught some of it on camera, take a look at our recent Facebook post showing what they got up to!

Three older local residents sit and chat as they tuck into their packed lunch on a lovely summer's day.
Three local residents tucking into their lunch provided by Abundant Borders for the BHA BeFriends outdoor picnic.

ENABLE Scotland: Jean’s Bothy

After a year of virtual ceremonies, we were so pleased to be there on the night to celebrate Jean’s Bothy being named Community Project of the Year at the glitzy Scotland’s Champions awards. With it being the first one in person since the pandemic, it was extra special!

Jean’s Bothy, based in Helensburgh, received £119,608 in National Lottery funding is a collaboration between ENABLE Scotland and Argyll and Bute Health & Social Care Partnership. They provide an amazing service offering mental health support to their local community.

They told local press they were “shocked and a little bit overwhelmed” to win! But by all accounts had a great night!

Other nominees included National Lottery funded groups Man On! Inverclyde and CentreStage, who stepped up and made a difference in their communities during the pandemic.

The team of volunteers from Jean's Bothy smile as they recieve their award on stage. They are all delighted to be able to receive the award in person and are all dressed for the occasion.
The team from Jean’s Bothy at the Scottish Champions awards held in Glasgow in September.

Thank you!

Over the past year, The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland has made over 1000 grants to support groups and charities who provide incredible services for their community.

We wanted to say thank you to all these groups for the amazing work they have done, and thank you to all National Lottery players – this couldn’t happen without you!

We hope you have a wonderful time over the festive period.

Are you continuing your services or have some news we could share on our social media? We’d love to hear about it. Contact us on ScotlandComms@tnlcommunityfund.org.uk

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