Five Edinburgh charities have secured over £29,000 between them, with three using the funding to help pay staff. The money is coming from the latest awards from Corra Foundation’s Henry Duncan Awards Programme.
Mary Craig OBE, the Foundation’s Chief Executive, said: “These Edinburgh-based charities all work hard to improve the lives of disadvantaged people, and that also has a positive impact on the lives of their families and the communities where they live. We know that having basic costs such as salaries and running costs covered means that the charities we support can get on with putting their efforts into delivering their much needed services.”
The largest award of £7,360 has gone to Scotland Yard Adventure Centre which has indoor and outdoor play areas for primary school-aged children with special needs. This is the group’s tenth award from the Foundation, and means all the funding is now in place to pay the play staff who run open play sessions for whole families.
£7,000 has gone to Dates ‘n’ Mates Lothian which is a new charity that has been set up to provide a friendship and personal relationship support service for adults with disabilities in the Lothian area. This funding will help pay the salary of the group’s co-ordinator.
Almond Mains Initiative runs day care for frail elderly people living in West Edinburgh. The funding of £4,598 will help pay the running costs of this service, and means the group has raised all the funds it needs for this work. It is their second award from the Foundation.
Strengthening Communities for Race Equality (SCORE Scotland) is based in the Whale Arts Centre in Wester Hailes and provides a range of services aimed at reducing discrimination and promoting integration. Its award of £4,257 will help pay for fitness and health awareness classes for 30 women from BME communities.
The final award is to the Refugee Survival Trust which supports asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland to stop them becoming destitute. This is done by a mixture of making small grants of emergency payments and by raising awareness of the issues they face, and the award of £6,000 will help pay for their development manager. This is the group’s fourth award from the Foundation.