Rumbles welcomes funding boost for Community Renewal

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has congratulated members of a local community healthcare project who are celebrating grants worth £4,610 from the Big Lottery’s Fund.

The successful applicants, the Community Renewal focus on deepening community engagement in primary care and healthcare in communities across the area. The grant will be used to transform communities by empowering and engaging individuals in community activity. The group will also hold a celebration event where they will celebrate the culture and diversity of the different communities and the history of Torry.


Mr Rumbles said: “I'm delighted the Community Renewal has received this grant. The local team have been doing a great job in our community and fully deserve this funding boost. I also want to congratulate the Big Lottery Fund for their good work across the North East. Their grants help many organisations make life better for lots of families and help support communities across the country.


"Well done to all those who’s applications have been successful. I am very much looking forward to hearing all about how the new funding has helped expand the project.”


Sheila Thomson, Community Engagement Officer for Community Renewal, said: “This money will help further develop our work in Torry across different section of the community and helping them grow  together through health and wellbeing.”




Notes for editors:


  • The Big Lottery Fund asked for local groups and organisations of all shapes and sizes to apply for funding through the Celebrate programme, to hold events or activities that would bring people together and celebrate what makes their local community special. There is £5 million available in total across the UK. The final deadline for all Celebrate applications is noon, Friday 21 October 2016.
    • To be eligible to apply for a Celebrate grant of up to £10,000, applicants must be part of a constituted group which has its own bank account. The Big Lottery Fund welcomes applications from voluntary or community organisations, schools and statutory bodies, particularly those who have never considered the Big Lottery Fund as a potential source of funding. Organisations are encouraged to submit their applications early to avoid disappointment as once funds have been allocated, Celebrate will close to new applications.


  • Community Renewal has a vision of resilient people and communities where there are better chances of securing and maintaining meaningful employment and leading a healthy life and where families are supported out of poverty. Community Renewal has clear organisational values; it is no coincidence that the Community Renewal projects with the strongest outcomes are those which most authentically embody these values. Community Renewal emphasise the quality of long-term relationships with communities and individuals, compassionate listening to community members, mobilising and utilising community assets and resources. Community Renewal has a strong history of developing and refining its approaches in order to support positive life changes through engaging and empowering communities.
    • Indeed within the health sector history tells us that the improvement of health services and the achievement of better health outcomes for patients cannot be achieved by continuing with established approaches. Progress on both fronts requires adaptation of services to meet contemporary demands, continued innovation and sustained commitment among health professionals to embrace new ideas and developments in practice.
    • Primary care services are the lifeblood of NHS delivery throughout Scotland. However primary care and general practice services in Scotland are going through a period of unprecedented demand, increased workload and pressure; almost half of Scottish GPs feel their workload is unmanageable and unsustainable. There is widespread recognition that change is essential and inevitable within the delivery of general practice if these challenges are to be better met and managed.


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