Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has welcomed the allocation of £9,979 to a local, independent charity focussed on the economic and social regeneration of the Raploch area of Stirling.
The Raploch Community Partnership, based at the Raploch Community Campus on Drip Road, is a community-led organisation who’s facilities include a Community Hub which is equipped with computers and printing facilities, as well as a more social space.
These facilities enable all members of the community to meet in an informal, social atmosphere to gain access to information and services for the purposes of learning, recreation and employment in order to improve health, wellbeing and wealth.
It is understood that the organisation will use the funding to engage a part-time project officer who will facilitate a range of learning and employability services for local people who are not economically active.
The Big Lottery Fund is funded by the Scottish Government.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’This is excellent news for the project and the recruitment of a project officer will help to broaden the crucial work which the partnership does in Raploch and the wider Stirling area.
‘’The numbers of young people in particular who are economically inactive in certain areas of Stirling has been stubbornly steady of the last decade, and it is crucial for the Scottish economy that these groups are engaged in employment and all the benefits which come with having a job.
‘’I have submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, which has already gathered support from MSP colleagues, welcoming this funding announcement – and I look forward to hearing about the benefit this will bring to those across Stirling.’’
The motion text can be found below:
Motion Number: S5M-15293
Lodged By: Dean Lockhart
Date Lodged: 09/01/2019
Title: Funding for Raploch Community Partnership
That the Parliament congratulates the Raploch Community Partnership on securing £9,979 from the Big Lottery Fund; acknowledges that the partnership is a community-led organisation focusing on the economic and social regeneration of the Raploch and wider Stirling area; notes that the organisation aims to help the people and organisations in the area to realise their potential through their activity, work and incomes; understands that the group will use the funding to engage a part-time project officer who will facilitate a range of learning and employability services for local people who are not economically active; considers that such a project has the potential to increase the chances of employment and may also help to reduce levels of isolation in the community, and wishes the partnership every success.