A community-run group in South Uist is to receive a slice of National Lottery cash aimed at helping people to look with positivity beyond the Covid-19 crisis together.

The National Lottery Community Fund announced today (Tuesday 28 April) that it is distributing £7 million to 141 groups across the UK, including to deliver emergency care packages, online and telephone support to isolated people and for projects which bring people together and give hope for the future once the lockdown is over.

Cothrom Ltd in Ormiclate, South Uist is to receive £102,987 to expand community activity at their ReStore project, adding more opportunities for volunteers to take part in recycling work.

The activity is being designed to promote community cohesion, reduce loneliness and increase people’s well-being, with 50 people including 25 volunteers expected to participate.

Cothrom’s ReStore project, including the Bùth ReStore, is currently closed in line with Government advice, but the group will use the funding once lockdown is over to expand community activity.

It’s hoped that by doing so they’ll be able to provide more opportunities for volunteers to take part in recycling activities, designed to promote community cohesion, reduce loneliness and increase people's well-being.  The activity will involve 50 people and 25 volunteers.

Meanwhile the first round of funding has also been confirmed from the Scottish Government’s £10 million Survivors of Childhood Abuse Support fund.

£2.5 million is to be divided between 29 organisations nationwide, with Western Isles Rape Crisis Centre among those to receive support.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman urged survivors to continue seeking help from organisations which are still open and working through the pandemic.

Ms Freeman said: “Childhood abuse devastates lives and this fund will help charities and support organisations continue to offer high quality care to those who need it most.

“As we continue to take measures to deal with the spread of COVID-19, it is vital that survivors do not feel they have to struggle on their own.”

Shumela Ahmed, a member of the advisory panel which looked at funding applications, said: “Survivor organisations across Scotland are still operating during the COVID-19 crisis and this fund will allow for provision to be readily available throughout lockdown, so please continue to reach out if you need help.”