Borders Railway Provides Funding Boost to 20 More Community Groups

Twenty community groups from across Edinburgh, Midlothian and the Scottish Borders are the latest each to receive a £250 boost to their funding thanks to the Borders Railway and Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN) community fund.

This third round of funding sees £2,500 distributed amongst the groups to help support youth community activities and safety initiatives local to the new railway. Twenty two local community groups have benefited in the previous two rounds of funding, bringing the total to 44 beneficiaries.

There are a range of activities and projects being made possible thanks to the latest funding, including:

  • Galashiels Air Cadets plan to put members through training about hazards in the workplace
  • Lasswade Rugby Club will use the funds towards its annual mini rugby tournament in May which sees 400 children attend
  • Newbattle Community High School is putting the funds towards new netball and rugby shirts as well as staging its drama group’s first performance -The Steamie
  • Galashiels Academy will develop its website to make it more user friendly and inform pupils and teachers about the new railway
  • Two Victim Support groups in the Scottish Borders and Edinburgh will use the funds to purchase 200 personal attack alarms for victims of crime
  • The Scottish Borders Youth Voice will able be able to represent the Borders regions in a national roundtable discussion for young people in Shetland

Mark Henderson, Community Safety Manager for Network Rail said: “The arrival of a new railway in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders is a huge boost for the area but it’s important that we don’t lose sight of the fact that there are many young people in the area unfamiliar with railways. These grants will help to encourage safety awareness related to the railway and promote youth activities, which we know from experience help to discourage trespassing near the railway.”

Jacqui Doig, Scottish Community Safety Network Manager, said: “We received a huge number of applications from a wide variety of groups interested in the community fund this time around. We’ve now helped provide over 40 opportunities for communities along the route to come together and learn more about the Borders Railway and related safety messages. We look forward to seeing how the projects develop over the coming months.”