Resilience funding supports Scottish communities this winter

Paul Lucas and Campbell Matheson from RAYNET with their newly purchased VHF sets for the Argyll and Bute island communities

Funding from Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will help communities across the north of Scotland build their resilience, tackle issues of vulnerability and prepare for winter storms.

The SSEN Resilient Communities Fund is awarding over £140,000 to 15 community groups across its network area, with individual awards of up to £20,000 to help protect the welfare of those most vulnerable, enhance community facilities or services, or improve communication to support the local response in the event of a significant emergency event.

This is the fifth year of SSEN’s Resilient Communities Fund which has provided over £2.4m of funding to 362 projects across its network areas. This year’s fund is particularly focused on projects helping vulnerable or isolated people living in the north of Scotland.

Award decisions were made by a panel of representatives from The Scottish Government, Citizens Advice Scotland and Energy Action Scotland, and their considerations will now benefit community groups and organisations from the Highlands and Islands, Argyll and Bute, Tayside, Aberdeen, Orkney and the Western Isles.

Lisa Doogan, SSEN's Head of Customer Service and Stakeholder Strategy, said:

“We’re delighted to see communities embracing the fund’s focus this year on building resilience and tackling issues of vulnerability across the north of Scotland.

“By funding projects to help protect the welfare of those most vulnerable, we can play our part in working with local groups and charities to build resilient communities now and for the years to come.”

deafscotland applied for £20,000 to pilot a Safer and Stronger – Building Deaf Resilience project to raise awareness of deafness and the implications of communication barriers. The funding will also build resilience within the deaf sign language using community through improved, more accessible information, planning, processes and involvement in resilience planning.

Janis McDonald, Chief Officer of deafscotland, said:

“The award of this £20,000 grant will allow us to pilot work with British Sign Language (BSL) users to ensure that good quality awareness information is developed, effective resilience plans are informed through their participation and their needs are integrated into relevant activities.”

Glasgow and Clyde RAYNET received £16,432 to enhance radio communication across the Argyll and Bute islands including Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Tiree and Coll by providing VHF sets for community use. The voluntary organisation, in partnership with SSEN, recently held free radio training workshops in Islay and Jura to improve the resilience of the local community.

Paul Lucas, Group Controller, Glasgow and Clyde RAYNET, said:

“This fantastic grant of £16,432 from SSEN means that we can assist by providing radio communications for local communities across the Argyll and Bute remote islands as well as supporting SSEN engineers with additional radio communication support if required. We are proud to be able to support SSEN and to have RAYNET in the forefront and working partnership under the Voluntary Sector.”

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) received £10,000 to deliver Keep Kids Safe packs containing practical resources and useful information to families with children under 5 in Aberdeen and Dundee.

Elizabeth Lumsden, Community Safety Manager at RoSPA Scotland, said:

“RoSPA is delighted to receive a grant of £10,000 from SSEN to provide our packs of safety information and practical resources to help parents keep their young children free from accidental injury at home. This partnership will enable families to also receive SSEN information on what to do in an emergency when the Keeping Kids Safe Packs are distributed across areas of Aberdeen and Dundee as part of RoSPA’s wider campaign to provide safety information to those most vulnerable across the country.” 

In addition to the Resilient Communities Fund, SSEN has been working closely with local communities across the north of Scotland, helping them create resilience plans for emergencies, such as adverse weather and possible power disruption during winter storms. 

To find out more about the fund, please visit the website: www.ssen.co.uk/Resiliencefund/.

A full list of recipients from this latest round of SSEN funding can be seen in the table below. 

 

Organisation

Project

Region

 Funded

Amina - the Muslim Women's Resource Centre

To build the resilience of minority ethnic and Muslim women in Dundee.

Dundee

£13,323

Appin Community Council

To provide two generator change over switches to Appin Village Hall and Port Appin Village Hall.

Argyll and Bute

£6,960

Butterstone Village Hall

To install a change over switch in the remote Perthshire village.

Perth and Kinross

£1,877

Creich Croick & Kincardine District Day Care Association

To provide a generator change over switch at an elderly service centre as the local resilience hub in the Bonar Bridge community.

Highland

£2,490

Deaf Scotland

To raise awareness of deafness and build resilience within the deaf sign language using community.

Area Wide

£20,000

Glasgow and Clyde RAYNET

To enhance radio communication across the Argyll and Bute islands including Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Tiree and Coll.

Argyll and Bute

£16,432

Highland Senior Citizens Network

To build resilience of older people within harder to reach communities, better connecting those at risk during emergency events.

Highland

£19,941

Mull and Iona Community Trust

To purchase an equipment bag for Community First Responders at Ulva Ferry.

Argyll and Bute

£1,463

PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub

To empower people on their mental health and wellbeing journey of recovery, building service user resilience.

Perth and Kinross

£10,000

RoSPA Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents

To deliver Keep Kids Safe packs containing practical resources and useful information to families with children under 5.

Aberdeen and Dundee

£10,000

Skeabost and District Community Council

To install a change over switch and develop a resilience kitchen for use in an emergency event.

Isle of Skye

£840

Stoneybridge Community Centre

To develop a resilience hub at the local community hall to support the local response to emergency events.

South Uist

£18,000

Tain Royal Academy ASN Parent Council

To provide an outdoor nurture/reading garden to allow children with Additional Support Needs (ASN) and children with mental health issues to thrive.

Highland

£2,500

THAW (Tackling Household Affordable Warmth) Orkney

To support vulnerable households in Orkney, protecting their welfare and helping them stay warm in their homes.

Orkney

£15,000

Wester Loch Ewe Trust

To support residents to access more affordable energy through research and IT equipment.

Highland

£1,526

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