41 communities benefit from £265k Resilience Fund

Graeme Stewart (Head of Region, SSEN), Jenny Miller (Chief Executive, PAMIS) and David Morrissey (Customer Relationship Manager, SSEN)

Image caption: Graeme Stewart (Head of Region, SSEN), Jenny Miller (Chief Executive, PAMIS) and David Morrissey (Customer Relationship Manager, SSEN)

Communities across the north of Scotland are benefiting from grants totalling almost £265,000 to help them become more resilient and prepare for winter storms this year.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks’ (SSEN) Resilient Communities Fund is supporting 41 community groups across the north of Scotland to deliver projects to help protect the welfare of those most vulnerable, enhance community resilience facilities and improve communication during severe weather events.

The fund was established to support community groups, charities and non-profit making organisations in SSEN’s distribution network area, offering grants of up to £20,000 to successful applications. The fund is particularly focused on projects helping vulnerable or isolated people living in SSEN’s network areas to ensure they are supported during significant emergency events.

Lisa Doogan, Director of Customer Relationship Management at SSEN, said:

“Our Resilient Communities Fund is vital to help our communities better prepare and improve their own resilience plans to respond to whatever mother nature throws our way.  As a responsible operator, by proactively supporting local resilience projects we can truly make a difference to the communities we serve and this collaborative approach is essential to support our customers during network outages.”

Included in this year’s fund awards is a grant of £20,000 to help PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society) purchase Scotland’s first and only mobile adapted Changing Places toilet. This will allow a growing number of individuals with complex health needs use the toilets safely and comfortably at locations across the country.

Jenny Miller, CEO of PAMIS, said:

"We were delighted to hear we had been successful with our application to the SSEN Resilient Communities Fund. This has provided an incredible boost to the funding for our mobile changing places toilet.

“It will ensure that this mobile resource, housing an adjustable changing bench and tracking hoist, will support people with complex health needs to have their personal care needs attended to. We are looking forward to working in partnership with SSEN to support those most vulnerable during power cuts and emergency situations.”

SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund will also support The Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) with £20,000 to purchase a vehicle to assist flood hit communities in Scotland.

Paul Laidlaw, Community Resilience Manager at Scottish Flood Forum, said:

“We are delighted that we have secured funding and we look forward to working with SSEN on our project that will benefit many areas of Scotland including flood risk communities.

“The proposed SFF vehicle will support our work of delivering rapid support to flooded areas, by placing the SFF at the heart of the community so we can share our expertise and work directly with those most affected more efficiently; and help us in our aim of building resilience to future flooding in communities up and down the country.”

SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund will re-open for applications in 2018. To find out more about the fund, and for future announcements on the opening date of the next round, please visit ssen.co.uk/Resiliencefund.


SSEN Resilient Communities Fund - 2017 Awards:


Brief Note


Perth First Responders

To purchase a new emergency response vehicle.


Ferintosh Village Hall

To complete work funded in round two of resilience fund - installation of a change over switch.


Graemsay, Hoy and Walls Community Council

To provide a resilient power supply generator hook up to an identified rest centre facility.


Merkinch Partnership

To purchase community defibrillators and provide a training project for the local community.


Milton Meadows Resilient Community Group

To assist the community with a planned and co-ordinated response to emergency events, and working towards achieving effective flood defence. 


East Haven Together

To strengthen community preparedness by taking a whole community approach to resilience.


Hebrides Search and Rescue Team

To purchase a new replacement 4 x 4 vehicle to replace a 19 year old Landrover.


Stanley and District Community Council

To replace an ageing fire alarm system at an emergency hub in the community.


Stronsay Community Council

To provide a change over switch and generator base stand at the rest centre facility located at Stronsay Community Centre.


Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team

To purchase two monoculars to aid in the search for missing persons.


Marykirk Village Hall Management Committee

To fund an independent radio system for the village.


Ardgay and District Community Council

To provide two public access defibrillators.


Torphins Community Council

To develop priority actions actions from its emergency response plan.


Uyeasound Public Hall

To upgrade facilities to create an emergency hub for the community.


Kilmun Community Council

To provide a defibrillator and change over switch to enhance the resilience facilities of the remote, rural community.


Eday Community Enterprises Ltd

To install an auto start panel and install a container to house a SSEN donated generator.


Peedie Kirk United Reformed Church

To upgrade the hall with provision of emergency lighting and fire detection.


British Red Cross  - SARCOM Communications Vehicle

To provide a generator for the SARCOM vehicle communications suite.


Sinclair’s Bay Community Council

To fund a portable defibrillator to be housed in an old phone box.



To provide life-saving training to staff and the wider community.


Community Care Assynt Ltd (CCA)

To provide 4x4 transport, a warm place and warm food for those most vulnerable in Assynt.


COTAG 4x4 Response

To enhance COTAG's capability to provide transportation and logistical support to remote or inaccessible areas in emergency situations.


Coupar Angus and Bendochy Community Council

To supply 300 floodsax bags.


Strathmore Sharks Rugby Club

To fund a defibrillator for people to use in the event of an emergency.


Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Co (BSCTC)

BSCTC will provide a holistic approach to attacking the problems of loneliness and isolation, by keeping people more socially connected in their communities.


Drimnin Village Hall

To enable the Village Hall to become an emergency response hub.


Scourie & District Community Council

To improve the Village Hall so that it can become a resilience hub in times of emergency.


Team Rubicon UK

To provide a portable Recruitment and Training Kit to be used to recruit volunteers and deliver training.


Kinross Community Council

To provide a public access automatic external defibrillator for the local community.


Ellon Community Resilience Group

To provide first aid training and resilience equipment to improve the community response in times of emergency.


Scottish Flood Forum

To purchase a vehicle to enable experts to assist flood hit communities.


Newmill Community Association

To purchase a defibrillator and training.


Aberuthven Village Hall Trust

To provide a defibrillator, training and storage for the village community.


The Sandpiper Trust

To provide Sandpiper Bags with emergency medical equipment to its volunteer responders across the Highlands and Islands.


British Red Cross - Shetland

To support the British Red Cross Shetland Patient Transport and Emergency Response Vehicle, providing practical support and removing social isolation for older people.


Three Harbours Association

To install a defibrillator at Cullen Sea School.


Edderton Community Hall

To provide a change over switch and generator point for the local community.


Pillar Kincardine

To develop personal resilience and create wellness plans for members.


Tarskavaig Communities Hall Association

To provide a warm gathering place where hot food can be prepared and served.


Fetlar Community Association

To allow the community hall to act as a support centre in emergency situations.


PAMIS (Promoting a More Inclusive Society)

To purchase Scotland's first specially adapted mobile changing places toilet.


  • PAMIS is the lead charity in Scotland supporting the Changing Places campaign. They are also the only organisation on Scotland that works solely with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) who face many barriers to accessing and participating in their communities, one of the biggest being the lack of appropriate toilet facilities. PAMIS works on several fronts to enable inclusion and improve their quality of life.

  • Scottish Flood Forum is an independent charitable organisation which supports individuals and communities at risk of flooding. They do this through supporting the development and work of community resilience groups in order that communities become better prepared for and more resilient to future flood risk in addition to offering flood recovery programmes in partnership with local authorities.

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