Cash boost for groups

MORE than £25,000 has been given to worthwhile causes in the latest allocation of community grants from East Dunbartonshire Council.

The largest single amount of £16,500 was given to Contact Point, an information and care service that also loans equipment to disabled people. Last year the group helped 3,274 applicants to improve their quality of life. The money, which is the last part of a three-year grant, will go towards running costs.

Milngavie Old People’s Welfare Committee, who organise meetings in The Fraser Centre in the village, had asked for a grant of £4,000 towards running costs and were awarded £2,500 by the authority’s grant advisory committee.

The Welfare committee has a programme of entertainment for elderly people over six days.

A similar grant was also made to Baldernock Community Association to fund its youth club.

Friends of Instrumental Music in East Dunbartonshire Schools were also give a boost when they received £2,000.

It will be used to provide 25 youngsters with sheet music and tuition for a jazz orchestra.

Smaller sums of £1,200 and £434 were given to Enable, who organsise social events for people with physically learning difficulties, and St Andrew’s Carpet Bowls Club, respectively. Again this is to help with running cost.