NHS Grampian Charity has announced almost £200,000 of grants to charities and community groups across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray.
25 organisations have received funding through the charity’s Community Grants Programme, to deliver projects and services which help improve health and wellbeing.
Lisa Duthie, NHS Grampian Charity Lead, says: “Following the opening of the grant programme earlier this year, we received a large number or funding applications from charities and community-led organisations across the region.
“The projects supported through this round of funding are very diverse, ranging from the provision of handyman services to help elderly people in Keith and Speyside, to the creation of an allotment drop-in project near Turriff for people experiencing mental health challenges, and much more.
“The Community Grants Programme aims to improve access to health provision, to enhance healthcare experiences, and to empower individuals to better manage their own health, and we are delighted to be able to support so many incredible local organisations to deliver these goals.”
Inchgarth Community Centre in Aberdeen was one of the organisations to receive a grant from the charity. The centre received £10,000 to deliver a range of inclusive exercise and wellbeing classes for children and adults, including the provision of chair-based exercise classes, and free Zumba classes for children and teenagers aged from P1 to S3
Scott Beattie, Assistant Manager at Inchgarth Community Centre, says: “The grant from NHS Grampian Charity is going to be vital in keeping people of all ages fit and healthy, in particular with the groups for the elderly this will be fantastic for their mental health and improve social isolation.
“The funding helps us to engage with more people who may not be currently attending the centre by running additional fun and inclusive activities for all.”
NHS Grampian Charity is the official charity of NHS Grampian. It is responsible for managing the generous donations made by supporters to ensure that they are used to provide benefits for staff and patients, to enhance services, and to provide support in communities across Grampian.
The Community Grants Programme was first launched in 2020, and has now delivered more than £700,000 of funding to almost 100 local projects.