A Perthshire environmental charity has secured almost £57,000 to support its local area as a Covid-19 anchor organisation.
Development Manager at Crieff-based Remake, Fiona Gilbert said the SAcottish Government funding would go far in helping the Strathearn community.
She said: “We welcome the news that Remake in Crieff has been awarded £56,852 from the Scottish Government’s Supporting Communities Fund via The National Lottery Community Fund.
“This funding will make a key difference to the people and communities living in Strathearn and Strathallan during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Other Crieff-based organisations will also benefit from the funding to allow them to further support those who need it.
Crieff ConneXions, which supports people facing issues such as isolation and poverty, will receive a share of the funding to open a Response Hub on the town’s High Street.
The hub will provide a range of services including debt counselling and a community fridge.
Remake plans to use some of the funding to open a community tool library in the response hub to allow locals access to items such as IT equipment, household items and play equipment.
Charity Creative Crieff uses the creative arts to support locals in gaining further skills and employability.
It too will have access to some of the funding to provide public service radio announcements and to run community groups to provide activities based around combating loneliness, and helping people to stay connected.
National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Director, Neil Ritch said groups such as Remake are “well placed” to help support people in their local areas.
He said: “We know community groups like Remake Scotland have significant experience in responding to challenges so they are well placed to support people and communities in Strathearn and Strathallan as they look to support a local response to COVID-19.”
Founded in 2011, Remake gained charitable status in 2013.
In operates from the Crieff Visitor Centre to promote the reuse of materials for the benefit of the community.
The charity prides itself on being what it describes as “a local solution to a global problem”.