tackling health inequalities in South West Scotland
Centrestage Communities Limited
Centrestage Communities Limited,
Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.

Projects funded using money raised by healthEngage

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,741,453

Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Promoting Roles of Father Figures (PROFF) Hamilton and Blantyre £13,582 This two-year project will continue the range of activities that the applicant' is already running for fathers and their children. The project will offer short learning courses on topics such as woodwork and first aid, as well as some camping and outdoor activities. To involve the families in the running of the group there will be a monthly Group Meeting. The project will draw men and their school-age children from the areas of Hamilton and Blantyre. The project will enable fathers to spend quality time with their children, and help them to be part of a supportive community network for fathers.
Forth and District Community Activities Group (FDCAG) Forth £25,033 This new two year project will provide a regular programme of activity cafes to older people living in the rural village of Forth in South Lanarkshire. Activities will include crafts, IT, gentle exercise and talks. Groups of around eight older people will meet and chat over tea and biscuits, share information and then take part in activities if they wish. Volunteers will support the delivery of the scheme and will receive training covering First Aid, food hygiene and dementia awareness. The aim of the programme is to combat isolation, improve the participants’ wellbeing and enable them to socialise and make new friends.
Older & Active in East Kilbride East Kilbride £26,075 This existing two-year project will develop The Meeting Place (TMP), a community hub and café for older people in East Kilbride, a town in South Lanarkshire. The project will further develop, offering a wider range of services that improve social inclusion, including effectively working with partners in the community. Participants will remain in charge of the project throughout and many give their time as volunteers. The overall aim is to bring older local people together to make new friends in the community.
Project 31 SCIO Rutherglen £14,175 A new two-year project, currently funded by the Trust, is seeking to run a walking group for children (five years and under) and their parents/carers from Rutherglen which will include games, singing, stories and physical activities. The project will improve community spirit, social networks, emotional and physical health and wellbeing for both children and adults.
Hamilton District Mens Shed Hamilton £20,000 This two-year project is a development of an existing project, building on the support already provided and increasing the activities available to all existing members. It is hoped that by expanding existing delivery the project will be able to meet existing demand and draw new members from the local community. To complement the existing joinery and electrical sheds the idea is to create a Recreational Shed, which will offer a range of activities such as board games, dominoes, cards and a TV.  The new shed will offer participants a more social space and open up the activities to a wider group of local men who may not have the joinery and electrical skills or interest to take part in current sessions.
The Zone Youth Committee Bellsbank £27,071 This new 17-month project involves the establishment of a drop-in centre for young people and single parents from Bellsbank in East Ayrshire. It will enable the young people to get advice, share experiences, meet others and train to help others get their universal credits. There will also be a get together for single parents each week. The project is focused on benefiting local unemployed youth and single parents and reducing any isolation they experience.
African Lanarkshire for Mental Health  Motherwell £21,838 A one-year project, which is a continuation of an initiative previously funded project, to support young people of African origin experiencing mental health issues through the provision of a range of sessional activities and training. The project has been developed by young people and will support development of friendship through the social aspects of the project.
Break The Silence East and Noth Ayrshire £18,710 This new two-year project will provide weekly music sessions with the aim of helping survivors to meet in a safe and supportive environment and move on from their trauma, by reducing feelings of isolation and building confidence and self-esteem.  The project will benefit survivors from across East and North Ayrshire.
Eildon West Youth Hub Galashiels £29,234 This new 24 month project will support young parents or those about to become parents through the delivery of sessions designed to improve the social connections they have with others. The project aims to counteract the often abrupt halt to a young person's social life that can occur when they become a parent, coupled with the additional responsibilities and expectations. Young people aged 15-21 from areas within Galashiels will benefit and the project will address social or emotional isolation, general community and neighbourhood work and age.
Lightburn Elderly Association Project Cambuslang and Rutherglen £49,684 This two-year project is an expansion and development of recreational classes and activities which have run in Cambuslang and Rutherglen for many years, extending to deliver lifelong learning opportunities for older people in Burnbank, Fairhill, Hillhouse and Whitehill in Hamilton. There will be a series of taster events such as new age kurling, art, computer classes, walking, and tea dances, to help people decide what they would like to participate in longer term.
Nifty Fifty's Coatbridge £20,730 This two-year project will enable the applicant to continue and develop a programme of community-based learning activities for older people living in the Kirkwood neighbourhood of Coatbridge, a town in North Lanarkshire.
The Advisory Group North Lanarkshire £24,250 This new two-year project aims to benefit 50 people with learning disabilities in three areas of North Lanarkshire (Coatbridge, Bellshill and Cumbernauld/Kilsyth) by encouraging them to get out and try new things, increasing their social connections and improving their general wellbeing. There will be groups in three local areas with activities such as football, badminton, basketball and boccia, dance and music, yoga and cooking. All groups will work with local clubs to identify gaps/ interests for people with a disability and work with them to be more inclusive and supportive and to break down barriers for people with a disability to become a part of the local community.
Input SCIO North Ayrshire £24,250 This two-year project aims to continue to provide preparation for work training one day a week to enhance employability of 60 people with learning difficulties and disabilities in areas of North Ayrshire. As part of the project trainees recycle donated used computers which are then distributed free to members of the local community who would benefit from them e.g. unemployed, housebound and socially isolated local people.
Speak Out Advocacy Project South Lanarkshire £29,956 This new two-year project aims to provide professional and collective advocacy for parents affected by a learning disability who are living in South Lanarkshire. The project is in response to a lack of local services to meet the demand for advocacy for this specific group and how, due to a learning disability, many people are subject to discrimination and pre-judgement in relation to their parenting skills and may be at risk of losing their children. The intention is to support these individuals to look after their children, to understand the legal processes they may be subject to and to appreciate what support they may need to be an effective parent.
Three Towns Growers Ardrossan £32,239 This new two-year project aims to develop a community garden and community hub creating opportunities for social interaction and knowledge sharing between local residents in the Three Towns area of Ardrossan, Saltcoats and Stevenston in North Ayrshire. The project will be based in Ardrossan Central and will address issues of social or emotional isolation; mental ill-health and general community and neighbourhood work.
African Lanarkshire for Mental Health Motherwell £20,460 This new one-year project aims to eradicate the stigma and discrimination attached to mental health issues within African communities, where the illness is still regarded as a taboo. It is targeting young people suffering from mental health issues from African communities in Motherwell. Participants will be able to attend weekly workshops to learn about topics such as mental health first aid, suicide prevention, music therapy and recovery training. They will also be signposted to appropriate services for treatment.
Ayrshire Film Company CIC Ardrossan £15,550 This new one-year project will deliver a series of workshops for young people in Ardrossan in North Ayrshire to enable them to create some short, locally-focussed films. The young people will learn through demonstrations and tutorials as well as practical creative assignments. The intention is for the workshops to build connections between the young people and the wider community through the creation of films and to produce work which the community can be proud of. As well as having this positive community impact, the project also aims to address issues related to social/emotional isolation.
Beith Community Development Trust (BCDT) Beith £50,000 This two-year project builds on an existing scheme funded by People’s Health Trust. It will equip local people with the materials, support and confidence to deliver street party-style activities where they live. Around 30 local people will get trained as StreetMeet volunteers and gain new skills such as play leading, storytelling, baking and photography, forest schools and reiki and hand massage. This learning will be accredited with recognised awards and qualifications.
Hope Amplified Rutherglen £23,930 This new two-year project aims to deliver creative arts and media activities to young people aged 14-22 years from the BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Refugee) community who are disengaged from education and experiencing social and economic disadvantage, in order to develop skills, raise educational attainment, improve confidence and self-esteem. The project is based in Rutherglen.
North Ayrshire Forum on Disability North Ayrshire £17,903 This new two-year project builds on a small pilot and aims to deliver a fortnightly support group and memory project for people with disabilities in the local area to have opportunities to recount their journey through life. The project is based at the organisation’s Access Ability resource centre in Saltcoats and addresses issues of physical and sensory disability; mental ill-health and social or emotional isolation.
Vineburgh Community Association Irvine £26,440 This new two-year project aims to set up a youth cafe and drop-in in Irvine, a small coastal town in North Ayrshire. It is based on an existing idea from local young people that has been piloted, but is in the very early stages of development. Young people wish to provide creative art classes, music tuition, DJ sessions, computer training on a range of software and committee training. They would also like training in consulting with adults and young people in the community so that they can develop a long-term intergenerational approach.
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Kilmarnock £35,481 This new two-year project has been developed as a result of a successful scheme which the group ran with the community of Shortlees. It will provide music, dance and drama workshops for vulnerable boys and young men (aged 11-20) who are disengaged from education and at risk of exclusion. It aims to develop their confidence and self-value and give them leadership and teamwork skills. 
Larkhall and District Volunteer Group Larkhall £28,454 This new two-year project aims to deliver a programme of activities for older people aged 55 and over in Larkhall. The group will run weekly IT sessions, Keep Fit classes and walking groups. 
Mossblown Regeneration Group Mossblown £38,730 This two-year project is from a new group which has the aim of re-opening the Mossblown Community Centre. It has funds to open a hall which forms part of the community centre at the end of 2014 and it wishes to deliver a range of clubs and activities in the hall in order to provide a social focus and diversionary activities for all age groups within Mossblown. It will train volunteers to manage these activities. 
Burnhill Action Group Burnhill £37,314 This two-year project seeks to build on existing work undertaken by the applicant and provide a mixture of regular and occasional activities for the whole community.  
Cambuslang & Rutherglen
Rock ‘n’ Pop Chorus
Cambuslang & Rutherglen £13,050 This two-year project aims to promote community involvement by drawing more people to a local choir, allowing them to experience the benefits of singing. The project is open to anyone over 18 who likes singing.
Coalburn Miners' Welfare Charitable Society Coalburn £26,874 This new two-year project will provide a range of training courses (computing skills, arts and crafts, and cooking) delivered weekly at the group’s centre. The intention is that the courses: help people gain skills to get them into employment; give villagers feeling isolated an opportunity to socialise with others; enable families to learn alongside one another; and bring together different age groups for healthier and better lifestyles. 
Eildon West Youth Hub Galashiels £24,445 This new 18-month project aims to support a youth committee which will encourage the involvement of young people in the planning and delivery of a range of community initiatives and events. 
Forth and District Community Activities Group (FDCAG) Forth £20,000 This new two-year project aims to deliver a programme of IT training and employment related skills courses to develop the confidence and skills, of people in a disadvantaged rural area.  
Lightburn Elderly Association Project Uddingston and Whitlawburn


This two-year project is the expansion of the group’s recreational classes which have been taking place in Cambuslang for almost 22 years. The group will coordinate a range of lifelong learning opportunities which will be designed and delivered by older people (over 50) to older people in Uddingston and Whitlawburn
Beith Community Development Trust Beith and Kilbirnie £25,000 To deliver lunch and supper clubs alongside community activities in the towns of Beith and Kilbirnie.
Lapwing Galashiels  £18,238 To deliver a new weekly Lapwing Social Club for the elderly living in Galashiels. The project will enable people to connect together, learn new skills and join in activities.
Project 31 SCIO Rutherglen £25,000 To deliver four weekly and one monthly positive activities for children aged 0-12 years and their families that will enhance their communications, confidence and opportunities for participation with this promoting family and community cohesion.
Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project Caldercruix  £10,232 To deliver community-based activities that encourage community participation in the town of Caldercruix.
I Am Bikes Limited Cumbernauld  £39,300 To establish a new 24-month project delivering five weekly cycling activities in the Greenrigg Road area of Cumbernauld.
Nifty Fifty's Coatbridge  £20,409 To start a new 24-month programme aiming to deliver weekly leaning opportunities for socially disadvantaged people in the 50 plus age group living in the Kirkwood area of Coatbridge.
Girvan Youth Trust Girvan £38,453 To provide weekly one-to-one and group support sessions and social outings for 30 young people with additional special needs from Girvan, South Ayrshire through the employment of a local trainee youth worker.
Kilsyth Community Market Garden t/a Kelvin Valley Honey Kilsyth  £42,750 To deliver community beekeeping training and mentoring sessions for people living across the town of Kilsyth.
Whitlawburn Community Resource Centre Whitlawburn  £39,158 To continue to deliver three football programmes, in the form of weekly Sunday and Friday night activities and a holiday club.
The Youth Zone Committee Dalmellington  £20,156 To enable a local youth group in Dalmellington to develop an allotment project on derelict ground behind the groups centre. The project will build community spirit, encourage intergenerational skill sharing and access to affordable home grown food.
Afton Water Leisure New Cumnock  £25,000 To install a new hoist at New Cumnock Open Air swimming pool to enable wheelchair users, those with limited mobility through disability, old age or illness to access the pool.
Berwickshire Wellbeing Group Berwickshire  £15,000 To provide days out to places of local and historical interest while enabling isolated over 60s to connect socially and enjoy new experiences.
Free Spirits   £24,724 To run a programme of social, cultural and leisure activities across the region for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people aimed at increasing social support, improving mental health and promote integration with the wider community.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Yarrow Hall Committee Chilliwack £6,220 Incorporate group singing and low impact physical exercise in a weekly combined session.
Tremendous Graduates East Ayrshire £5,008 Encourage children and families to lead a healthy active lifestyle by raising the profile of health and wellbeing through practical, fun learning programmes.
North West Youth Project Onthank £10,000 Provide a healthy daily breakfast and after school meal to 125 children and young people aged between five and 12-years-old from Onthank East Ayrshire for a year.
Stranraer YMCA Stranraer £8,370 Improve confidence, increase physical activity, improve social skills, more play opportunities and children diverted from anti-social behaviour.
Project 31 Rutherglen £9,638 Hold quality active play sessions outdoors, where possible, to promote health and wellbeing and family cohesion and communication.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Royal Voluntary Service   £45,000 Establish a Good Neighbours service, which will recruit, train and support a team of volunteers to provide practical help and support to older people in their neighbourhoods.
Youth Sports Trust   £37,500 The project will work with schools and colleges to build confidence, support learning and improve the quality of life of young people under the age of 19.
The Conservation Volunteers   £45,262 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Royal Voluntary Service   £40,272 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
Mencap   £33,131 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
Youth Sports Trust   £43,750 Support sports in schools and ensure health education is embedded into club activities and act as a catalyst to promote the wider health agenda in schools.
Carers Trust   £46,801 To support carers and ensure they are making health choices about their own lives as well as the person they are caring for.
Mencap   £31,030 Extend the Gateway Club network and Gateway Awards programme and help to improve the health, well-being and social inclusion of young adults.
The Conservation Volunteers   £27,932 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Alzheimer's Society   £22,548 Provide a full-time dementia support worker who will assess the needs of people affected by dementia and help them maintain their independence and sense of well-being.
Royal Voluntary Service   £37,500 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
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