Community projects awarded more than £600,000 to continue vital work

Seven community projects will receive funding totalling £649,828 from Aberdeen City Council to continue providing a range of services in key areas.

Councillors on the Strategic Commissioning Committee yesterday (April 30) confirmed the awards for 2018/19.

Aberdeen Lads Club will receive £123,957 to support residents living in Tillydrone and surrounding areas. The Fersands Community Project has been awarded £138,433 and the Fersands Family Centre £94,244 whilst the Printfield Community Project will receive £65,812 and the Middlefield Community Project £104,766. The St Machar Parent Support project has been awarded £112,416 and CFINE Community Food Support £10,200.

Services provided include adult learning, community capacity building, early years and out of school care as well as youth work, parent support and, in the case of CFINE, community food outlets and associated activity.

Cllr Jenny Laing, Co-Leader of Aberdeen City Council and Convener of the Strategic Commissioning Committee, said: “Working in partnership with community organisations to work towards shared goals is a vital part of our vision for the future.

“The funding approved for these deserving projects underlines our financial commitment as a Council to initiatives which make a difference to the lives of people of all ages. These projects have demonstrated the value they bring to those they serve and it is important we continue to develop this partnership approach.”

Projects have been working with the Council to align their funded activities with the Local Outcome Improvement Plan (LOIP) and new locality plans. Performance reports will enable the ongoing assessment of delivery against the agreed objectives.

Cllr Laing added: “Vibrant communities are at the heart of our aims for the city as a whole and we recognise that delivering the right support in the right areas is crucial. Working with those groups who are already imbedded in these areas is one of the many ways the Council can make an impact and by linking to the LOIP there is a clear strategy to drive lasting change.”