Community groups get a welcome cash boost from council

More than £40,000 has been allocated in the latest round of awards to the community and voluntary sector by East Dunbartonshire Council.

Groups to benefit include Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) in Summerston.

The group was awarded £3,000 by councillors at last Thursday’s Policy and Resources Committee meeting following recommendations from the Grant Advisory Committee.

Around 400 disabled people used the facility last year.

At RDA horses and ponies provide therapy and enjoyment for people with a wide variety of both physical and mental disabilities.

Meanwhile, the Milngavie Branch of The Royal British Legion Scotland was given £300 towards expenses incurred at their monthly meetings. Around 50 people in the area regularly attend the Legion’s meetings.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie, convener of the policy and resources committee, said: “The grants awarded will benefit people across East Dunbartonshire, including the vulnerable, those with special needs and our young people.”

A grant of £1,800 was also givene this year to Bearsden and Milngavie District Highland Games, to ensure it was once again free to get in.

The games attracted a bumper crowd this year.