Groups get cash boost

MORE than £18,000 has been allocated to community and voluntary groups in a recent round of grant applications.

The largest single grant from East Dunbartonshire Council’s Grant Advisory Committee was £10,000 to the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender Youth Scotland group to expand a programme set up in 2010 in Bearsden and Boclair academies raising awareness about homophobia. The funding will also be used to provide one-to-one support to pupils.

Riding for the Disabled, based at Sandyflats, Summerston, was given £3,500. Even though the group is outside the East Dunbartonshire area, many youngsters and adults with special needs from this area use the facility.

This is the second year the council has awarded this amount.

Milngavie Heritage Group received £2,140 to help it purchase eight wall-mounted display cases for an exhibition at the old courthouse in Milngavie Town Hall.

The group is planning a permanent display of historical information, including pictures and artefacts relating to old Milngavie.

It is hoped that the exhibition will add to the cultural fabric of the community and benefit future generations.

Senior citizens using the Fraser Centre in Milngavie will benefit from an award of £1,500 given to Milngavie Old People’s Welfare Committee. It will be used for running costs.

Two smaller amounts of £500 were given to The Way Ahead Group (WAG) and to help with the running costs of Milngavie Pipe Band.

The WAG run physiotherapy classes for its 23 senior members and help them with mobility issues. The additional resources will also be used for running costs and to buy a new exercise bike.