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Lottery boost of £550,000 for Scottish Borders groups

The CEDAR Plus Borders Project helps families recover from domestic abuse. Credit: PA

Two groups in the Scottish Borders have been awarded more than £550,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

The CEDAR Plus Borders Project run by Scottish Borders Council will get £229,214 to help families in need.

Andrea Beavon, the Project Manager, says the money will "allow more families to get the valuable support that CEDAR gives them to recover from their experience of domestic abuse."

Another £325,336 grant will go to the Berwickshire Housing Association, which provides trained volunteers as companions for elderly people who are feeling isolated.

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Borders pupils told 'You Can Cook!'

A project teaching children in the Borders to cook from scratch has been awarded £9,000 of Big Lottery funding.

'Food for thought' targets primary school children in the Tweeddale area and focuses on learning about food, making healthy choices and having fun.

Bosco Samtimano, who runs You Can Cook! told ITV Border that many people don't know much about food:

"We focus on the basics of cooking from scratch with each individual ingredient ... also we want to introduce the social aspect of cooking by getting family and friends together cooking, sharing and eating the meal."

Artist's impressions of developed hall

St Ninian's Hall in the Isle of Whithorn Credit: Big Lottery Fund
Artists impression of how the new hall will look Credit: Ian Duncanson

These images show what St. Ninian's Hall looks like at the moment, and how it is expected to look once the development work is completed.

These artist's impressions show the annex due to be built on to the side of the hall, providing space for a new cafe, public toilets and a retail store.

St Ninian's Hall as it stands now Credit: Big Lottery Fund
Artist's impression of what the extension will look like Credit: Ian Duncanson

Isle of Whithorn community celebrates £1m windfall

A small community in Galloway is celebrating after securing almost £1 million from the Big Lottery Fund.

The 'Isle Futures' community charity has been awarded £940,000 to develop St. Ninian's Hall, which is owned by local residents.

Development plans include the construction of an annex to the hall, which will provide a cafe facility, a new retail outlet and new public toilets.

"This decision by the Big Lottery to award Capital Funding for the new build and Revenue Funding of £940,000, over the next 5 years for the St Ninian's Hall development project is tremendous.

"It recognises that the development will benefit the whole community, particularly older and younger people who are at risk of social isolation.

"The development of the new facilities will create much needed employment opportunities and will provide services for visitors, supporting the tourist industry - one of the most important businesses in the local area and wider region."

– Ian Duncanson, Chair, Isle Futures

Planning for the new annex has already been approved by Dumfries and Galloway Council and details can be viewed here.

Construction is due to begin in the Summer with the opening scheduled for Spring next year.

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