Almost £200,000 of Lottery funding awarded to two groups

Home-Start Wigtownshire and Kate’s Kitchen is Annan are celebrating after success in the latest Lottery awards.

Home-Start Wigtownshire will use their award of £99,106 to continue running family support groups in Newton Stewart, Stranraer and Sorbie for parents with children of pre-nursery age.

The groups will help develop their positive parenting skills and increase knowledge of issues such as behaviour, routines, health and wellbeing.

A range of activities will also be offered at the groups including storytelling, gardening and a programme of guest speakers.

Mary Wilson, senior co-ordinator at Home-Start Wigtownshire, said: “Some families who live in the more rural locations find it difficult to access our services, but this award helps us to offer solutions to meet transport difficulties.

“Without this vital support we would not be able to offer this valued community resource to local families with young children so thank you to National Lottery players who make this possible.”

An award of £100,000 means that Kate’s Kitchen, a volunteer run café, will continue and expand its activities from its drop-in centre in Annan.

The group will use the funding to continue providing support, social activities, and food for vulnerable and isolated individuals in Annandale and Eskdale to help reduce social isolation and support people to take back control of their lives.

Over the next three years, the project will work with 600 people, supported by 60 volunteers.

Hazel Thompson, manager at Kate’s Kitchen, said: “This is absolutely brilliant news as it gives us some stability, takes the pressure off and allows us to actively develop our services for people living in poverty in Annandale and Eskdale.

“Now we will recruit more local volunteers to work alongside our cook in daily service and allow us to expand our range of social activity projects, including our very much in demand garden project. We are so grateful for this support, thank you.”