Local community projects get £3,000 boost from Borders Railway

Six schools and a further 12 community projects based throughout the Scottish Borders and Midlothian are to benefit from £3,000 of funding thanks to the Borders Railway Community Fund.

The fund was set up earlier this year to allow the Borders Railway project team to work more closely with communities who will use the railway once running in summer 2015. So far, the fund has donated £5,500 to community causes along the route.

The funds donated this autumn will contribute to a variety of causes, including six schools:

  • Stow Primary School, will put funds towards building an outdoor ‘yurt’ classroom;
  • Loanhead Primary School, will task its pupils with creating an advertising campaign on railway safety;
  • Balmoral School in Galashiels,  will put the money towards building a sensory playground for children with disabilities;
  • Glendinning Terrace Primary School, will create a safe community playground;
  • Burghs Primary School’s Big Railway Project will encourage pupils to learn about railway safety; and
  • Newtongrange Primary School, will use the grant to repaint the yellow footprints of its ‘Walk to School Footprint Trails’.

In addition to the grant, beneficiaries will also receive railway safety talks from the British Transport Police and in-kind-support from the community fund team to get their projects up and running.

Craig Bowman, Communications Manager for the Borders Railway project, said:

“Through the first round of community funding we have already helped a diverse range of organisations. We’re awarding relatively small grants but we know that they are crucial to help local groups stay active. It’s great to be making a difference to a further 12 projects in the area and, importantly, to those people who will one day be using the new railway.

“There are some fantastic initiatives taking place throughout the Scottish Borders and Midlothian and our task of deciding on the winning projects wasn’t easy. We thank everyone who has applied this time around and we hope to be working with more projects again in the near future.”

Some of the other projects who are set to benefit from the Fund include the Y2K Bike Project, which provides disadvantaged youngsters with access to outdoor activities. They will use the money to introduce a bike safety workshop. The Grandparent Kinship Group in Newtongrange will be able to use the funds to help pay for the majority of their hall hire for a year.

Jacqui Doig, Scottish Community Safety Network Manager, said:

“As construction of this major project continues apace, we are keen to be working with local communities on projects and initiatives that mean the most to them, and will have a positive lasting impact on the wider community.

“Since the fund launched earlier this year we have worked with a wide range of projects, and with our latest round of beneficiaries, we have so far been able to assist 22 groups. We look forward to working with the groups as their initiatives develop.”

Further bursary schemes are expected to be made available in 2014. For more information, please contact info@scsn.org.uk