Local Community Projects Celebrate Share of £2,500 Borders Railway Grant

A number of projects across the Scottish Borders, Midlothian and Edinburgh have benefited from a share of a £2,500 community grant thanks to Borders Railway and the Scottish Community Safety Network (SCSN).

The grant was initially launched in April to support vital community work, educational programmes and small events across the route of the new line. Ten community projects have since benefited, each receiving up to £250.

Some of the projects benefiting include Newtongrange Primary School which plans to attribute the money towards enhancing their playground cycleway which will help improve cycling proficiency. Elsewhere, the GO project at Gorebridge Parish Church will use the money to help reduce social exclusion and increase young people’s confidence.

All ten projects will also act to raise awareness of the Borders Railway and help promote the importance of rail safety prior to the railway line becoming operational. 

Craig Bowman, Communications Manager for the Borders Railway project, said: “These projects will help support vital community projects across the region as well as educating communities about rail safety. We look forward to lending a hand to other community initiatives during the course of the project.”

Jacqui Doig, Scottish Community Safety Network Manager, said: “The community fund marks Network Rail’s on-going commitment and support to communities up and down the line and plays a valuable role in educating local residents about rail safety. There are some fantastic projects taking place along the route, and we look forward to working with more projects in the future.”

The ten beneficiaries include Tweedbank, Langlee and Newtongrange primary schools, 1stGorebridge Guides, Gorebridge Parish Church, Gorebridge Library, Gorebridge Rainbows, Grandparents Parenting Again & Kinship Carers Midlothian, St Davids Bradbury Day Centre in Newtongrange and Birkenside and District Old Folks Club.

The application period for the next community bursary is now open and will close on the 30th September 2013.  Public sector, voluntary and third sector organisations are invited to apply for a grant of up to £250. For more information on the grant please contact info@scsn.org.uk