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Three Westside community organisations are celebrating today (Tuesday 8 September) after learning of success in the latest round of National Lottery Community Fund awards.

Groups in Barvas, Ness and on the Galson Estate will be able to use their awards on projects which focus on wellbeing, education and food poverty within their local communities.

The Clan Macquarrie centre in Borve is to use the £10,000 they have been awarded to work with Urras Oighreachd Ghabhsainn on a community garden at the centre, with a polycrub and raised beds that can be enjoyed by everyone living on the community owned Galson Estate.

Barvas and Brue Community Centre has been awarded £4,218 to offer community resources including continuing their foodbank provision and additional space for the local school.

And Deepness Ltd, who already run a radio station dedicated to everything connected with dementia, plan to use £9.840 to develop a range of online educational, social and wellbeing courses to support people with dementia.

The thee Western Isles awards are part of a £5.5 million total distribution being announced for projects across Scotland. The National Lottery Community Fund is currently focusing in Scotland on those projects which are supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of COVID-19. To find out more visit

Pictures show the current Clan Macquarrie centre garden area and the Barvas and Brue foodbank, now situated inside a blue container right next to the community centre.