Cash boosts for boards, bikes, the blind and anti-bigotry in East Dunbartonshire

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MORE than £87,000 is being handed out to boost projects including skateboards, bikes, hi-tech aids for the blind and efforts to combat homophobia.

The awards – from East Dunbartonshire Council’s community learning and development and children’s services section – include £4,000 for Kirkintilloch Skatepark Initiative.

Project co-ordinator Susan Murray said: “We are very pleased to receive this grant, which will provide training and volunteering opportunities for our young members so they can become coaches.

“The young people are the driving force behind the programme and it’s fantastic to see them helping other youngsters.

“The funding will also help us encourage more people into the skatepark and show them what they too can achieve.”

Also celebrating is East Dunbartonshire’s Cycle Co-op, which is getting £3,611 to extend a cycle training programme for pre-school children to all nurseries.

Board member Anne McNair explained: “We piloted this programme in Bishopbriggs nurseries last year. It was a huge success with many young children learning to ride a bicycle. Parents also benefited from the training, which encouraged families to go cycling together, so we are delighted we can now extend the programme into even more nurseries.”

The awards also included £500 for MP3 players at Strathkelvin Talking Newspaper Association.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “These grants aim to improve the communities of East Dunbartonshire and enhance the lives of its residents.

“We are delighted that so many worthwhile organisations are receiving grants which will in turn benefit many people.”

LGBT Youth Scotland receives a total award of £12,675, made in conjunction with the social work department, to provide three years of funding for a programme in schools including Lenzie Academy to raise awareness of homophobic bullying.

The awards were made in conjunction with the Grants Advisory Committee, a group of 25 members of the community who volunteer their time to assess applications and make recommendations.

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