tackling health inequalities in North Scotland
The Denis Law Legacy Trust
The Denis Law Legacy Trust,
Money raised through the Health Lottery
The Health Lottery scheme manages 51 Society Lotteries that operate in rotation and each represents a different geographical region of Great Britain.

Projects funded using money raised by healthKind

Total amount raised for good causes is £1,975,772


Active Communities is a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities with great ideas to make their communities even better.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Aberchirder and District Men's Shed Aberchirder £19,400 This new one-year project aims to create a Men’s Shed in the village of Aberchirder. It looks to tackle the isolation experienced by men in the area and surrounding districts, by providing space for them to engage with peers through woodworking activities in making and mending. The project will be led by the management committee of the group, with sub-groups of men focusing on different aspects of the project.
For the Right Reasons  Inverness £44,880 This existing two-year project, currently funded by the Trust, aims to continue to deliver a supported volunteer programme open to anyone affected by addiction that is also not in employment and living in the industrial areas of Merkinch, South Kessock or Dalneigh in Inverness. The project will help people with addiction problems to move forward with their lives, with the ultimate aim of moving into paid employment.
The Libertie Project Limited Inverness £47,027 This new two-year project is developed from an existing idea. It will provide a creative hub for disadvantaged residents living in the city of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands and an outreach hub for prisoners. This project builds on the previous Trust-funded project, which was completed successfully without any grant management issues and aims to reduce isolation among those who have been recently released from prison as well as people affected by addiction issues, on a low income, or experiencing issues with mental or physical health.
The Denis Law Legacy Trust Aberdeen £21,650 This new two-year project will provide free street dance classes to children and young people living in the coastal areas of Torry in the city of Aberdeen. It is in response to an idea from local young people. The participants will learn basic dance movements and routines by a qualified dance tutor and those aged over 16 will learn how to deliver dance-based activities to younger children.
Elemental Community Arts Forres £17,190 This new 23-month project will set up a weekly after-school art club for young people aged 11-16 years in market town of Forres on the Moray coast of North Eastern Scotland. The project will fulfil a need identified by local young people for a creative, fun and low-key after-school activity such as drawing and printing.
Gallan Head Community Trust Aird Uig £40,000 This new two-year project looks to build on the village’s recent community buyout of a piece of a land. It aims to use a development worker to continue engaging the community, through which it will develop a phased program of projects and activities which can support the execution of the neighbourhood’s community development plan.
Outfit Moray Lossiemouth £44,756 This new one-year project will run outdoor activity sessions and social activities for Lossiemouth-based adults and families. The activities will take place in different localities around Lossiemouth in Moray.
Sanday Development Trust Sanday £42,293 This two-year scheme is a pilot project, which involves setting up a community growers group at two local community gardens in Sanday, an island in the outer north of the Orkney Isles. The project will enable residents to come together and participate in growing sessions which will also provide a platform for people to socialise.
Skye & Lochalsh Mental Health Association South Skye & Lochalsh £19,580 This two-year project is for the expansion of an existing delivery. It will provide a weekly drop-in facility for adults affected by mental health problems who live in South Skye and Lochalsh. 30 people will have the opportunity to meet and mix with others as well as the chance to discuss their mental health and whatever challenges they're currently facing.
Skye Circus Skills Association Skye & Lochalsh £15,555 This new two-year project is based on a small pilot. Skye Circus Skills will provide two days of intensive tuition every two months in aerial circus skills including trapeze and silks for people of Skye and Lochalsh. There will also be weekly practice sessions.
Girlguiding Harris Isle of Harris £18,113 This new two-year project aims to provide regular meetings, activities, sleepovers and weekends away for guides and the senior section who will also be able to volunteer at sessions run for Rainbows (5-6 years of age) and Brownies (7-10 years of age). The project intends to grow leaders from its existing older girls and provide ‘wow factor’ activities that make the older girls lastingly enthusiastic.
Transition Town Forres (TTF) Forres, Moray £39,320 This two-year project has grown out of a pilot wellbeing class and some sewing classes which the group has previously held. Transition Town Forres will enable previous participants to form and run their own health and wellbeing group to reduce loneliness and isolation and to work collectively to improve their general health and wellbeing, build stronger ties and strengthen relationships. Activities will include interactive craft and gentle exercises such as Qigong.
Assynt Leisure Lochinver £19,888 This new two-year project will provide a varied programme of weekly activities including fitness, arts, crafts, cooking and baking. It is in response to the interests of a group of vulnerable adults with physical, mental health and learning disabilities who have previously undertaken some ad hoc classes in the past and now are seeking a longer more sustained programme. Activities will take place at the Assynt Leisure Centre in Lochinver, Sutherland and led by experienced tutors and trained instructors.
Barra Children's Centre Barra £33,600 This two-year project is the continuation of an existing programme delivered by Barra Children’s Centre’s Development Manager to children and families in Barra and Vatersay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Activities delivered at the Centre include parent and toddler activities including Bookbug, craft and messy play; active play for under 5s; weekly chair yoga sessions for older people; a youth club and Saturday sports sessions; and summer play schemes. Some activities will be delivered in Gaelic and English. The Centre’s programme is in response to the need for facilities and opportunities to bring together a remote island community.
Crossroads Care, Skye and Lochalsh Skye £35,450 This new two-year project aims to improve the quality of life of people of any age living in and around the village of Portree on Skye (Skye is the largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland) who are at risk of social isolation. It will do this by supporting them to regain their social skills by enabling them to mix with others from their local communities. It will particularly target those with mobility problems due to physical, mental or sensory impairment. The project is in response to how people living in sparsely populated areas are at risk of social isolation particularly when disadvantaged by ill-health and disability.
Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club Findhorn and Forres £21,400 This new two-year project aims to continue establishing a local rowing club, as well as associated traditional training workshops and social activities for the people living in the Findhorn and Forres area in Moray. Activities will include weekly rowing sessions, monthly seamanship workshops, music workshops and community Ceilidhs. The project aims to address issues related to social/emotional isolation and mental ill-health as well as to make a positive contribution to the local community.
Garadh a' Bhagh a' Tuath Barra and Vatersay £40,910 This two-year project is the development of an existing idea. It delivers therapeutic gardening and café-based activities to support people with disabilities and/or care needs in Barra and Vatersay in the Western Isles of Scotland. It also aims to improve access to training and employment for local disabled people whilst creating volunteering and companionship opportunities for older and retired people. The project will enable the group to expand its existing activities to four regular sessions each week. It is focused on addressing issues related to learning disability, mental ill-health and social/emotional isolation.
Youth Highland Inverness £27,746 This two-year project is the extension of an existing programme. It aims to enable young people affected by loss and bereavement to support each other, take part in positive activities, and raise the profile of what they need. It also wants to equip youth workers with the skills to support young people better. The aspiration is that bereaved young people will feel better supported, be part of a peer group and confident to support others. The project will work with young people from Seaboard Villages, Dingwall and areas of Inverness.
Advocacy Western Isles Isle of Lewis £13,328 This 18-month project will support an existing group of people with a learning disability to continue to educate the public and tackle the stigma of learning disabilities. The group will use presentations and forum theatre to spread their message; the first phase of this project work will include a focus on young people. The project will work across the rural Isle of Lewis. 
Caithness Voluntary Group Caithness £10,708 This two-year project builds on an existing idea. It will take befrienders and befriendees out to lunch four times a year and it will also facilitate a group of elderly people to meet once a month in order to visit places of interest in Caithness providing them with the opportunity to interact and socialise. Beneficiaries are people over 60 from the local community along the east coast of Caithness. 
Merkinch Community Centre Association Merkinch £38,350 This two-year project has been developed from a pilot scheme. It will provide weekly leisure, learning and social activities for older people who live in Merkinch in Inverness. Activities include lunch clubs, knitting, and craft groups alongside the organisation’s existing programme of weekly sessions. The aim of the project is to build strong connections between the participants and make the local area better by creating a vibrant programme for involvement.
Merkinch Partnership Ltd Merkinch £26,500 This two-year project is the development and extension of an existing pilot project delivering indoor football activities and employability support. It will work with ten young people each year from Merkinch in north West Inverness, providing weekly football training and employability and personal development support with the intention of giving them the opportunity to take part in team sport, increase their confidence and improve their employability. The ten participants will also meet quarterly for more social peer support sessions. The project is in response to high youth unemployment and low skills levels in the area.
REAP Keith £18,223 This new two-year project aims to deliver a series of gardening and cooking activities for residents of all ages on Den Crescent, Keith and the surrounding roads leading to the re-establishment of the tenants forum. The project will address issues related to general community and neighbourhood work, social or emotional isolation and poor physical environment.
Ceolas Uibhist North and South Uist £45,000 This new 22-month project is to hire a fiddle and accordion teacher to deliver music lessons for children and young people from North and South Uist (Outer Hebrides). 
SensationAll  Westhill £23,211 This new two-year project aims to deliver weekly community choir sessions for children and young people with multiple support needs (MSN) as well as their families and members of the local community. 
For the right reasons Inverness £49,888 This two-year project is based on a successful nine-month pilot. The scheme will offer volunteer placements within one of the group’s three social enterprises for individuals suffering from addictions who are unemployed and living in the Merkinch area of Inverness. 
Northfield Congregational Church Northfield £26,050 This new two-year project will provide a programme of activities for the community, following the recent closure of the local community centre. Activities being proposed are a Community Cafe, a Craft Club, youth activities, indoor bowling and keep-fit. 
Staffin Community Hall Association Staffin £33,350 This new one-year project will complete the refurbishment works in its sports hall in order to be able to provide further activities for the community, including a gym with shower area, a social space and a dance studio.
The Buzz Project Fort William £30,339 This new 21-month project aims to work with young people (aged 14-25) to develop a musical about their community. Born out of young people saying they have nothing to do and lacking motivation, the project will be based in Roy Bridge (near Fort William)
Creativity In Care CIC Alness & Ivergordon £23,580 This new thirteen-month community project for people from Alness and Invergordon will use poetry, puppetry and performance to help participants express and celebrate their identities. The project will also help build links between organisations which have not worked together. It is in response to low self-esteem and self-stigma which the applicant has identified as being prevalent in the local community.
Dornoch Forth Group SCIO Dornoch £8,860 This two-year project is the result of a successful pilot. It is aimed at young people aged 11 plus in Bonar and will enable them to meet outside of school and engage in social, community and other activities which have been identified by the participating young people. According to the applicant, the project is in response to the fact that Bonar is geographically isolated with not much for young people to do and it has been inspired by a youth café which the group runs in Dornoch.
The Glendale Trust Glendale £32,258 This new two-year project aims to deliver IT and broadband classes to the residents of Glendale in the Isle of Skye.
Powis Gateway Community Centre Ltd (PGCC Ltd) Powis and Bedford £18,164 This two-year project is a continuation of an existing scheme. The Family Breakfast Club provides local children and their parents from the Powis and Bedford areas with breakfast each morning before school. It was developed because the applicant found out that many local children did not get breakfast and for some children, the free school meal at lunchtime during term time was the only proper meal they got. 
Rag Tag and Textile Ltd  Broadford, Isle of Skye £34,112 This two-year extension of an existing project will provide additional textile upcycling sessions each week for people living with mental health problems and unemployed and marginalised young people, helping them to gain work experience, learn new skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem.
The Seaboard Memorial Hall Balintore £26,656 This new two-year project aims to develop an IT hub within the Seaboard Memorial Hall, providing a free and accessible IT, printing and scanning service, open all day to all members of the local community. The group will run specific three-hour workshops each week, covering a range of topics, and members will be able to use the suite to practice the skills they have learnt.
Silver City Surfers Aberdeen £34,843 This new two-year project will provide outreach silver surfer sessions for over 65s in four locations in two regeneration areas in Aberdeen. Participants will learn new skills in computer technology, reducing their isolation from younger people, families and friends and encouraging stronger links within specific communities.
West Alness Residents Association Alness £15,000 To create a series of mosaics depicting the local area and heritage to decorate the local community centre thus helping to renew the pride in the local community.
Merkinch Partnership Limited Merkinch £24,530 To deliver two 26 week courses on employability skills to 20 residents of Merkinch. Sessions will include IT skills, CV writing and interview skills.
The Libertie Project Inverness £23,000 To run twice weekly creative workshops for 24 homeless people living in temporary accommodation in Lochalsh Road and surrounding streets.
Dunbeath and District Day Care Centre Dunbeath £17,255 To set up a computer centre at the Dunbeath Centre in The Highlands of Scotland which will allow 50 local elderly people to increase their computer skills thereby being able to connect with distant friends and family and be able to use email, order prescription medicine, food shopping, online banking, read online news and visit social websites.
Arts in Merkinch Merkinch £22,325 Establish a community steering group offered training and support to increase members' confidence and practical skills to help create, develop and manage a programme of activity within a local venue called the bike shed.
Earthtime CIC Fraserburgh £24,020 Encourage residents of the Robertson Road Lhanbryde Estate to come together to share their skills and expertise and build family and community bonds through a series of community workshops.

The Local People programme takes a neighbourhood approach, engages local people and empowers them to address wider issues in their communities and neighbourhoods through collective action.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Conservation Volunteers  Inverness £195,000 Over two years each of these projects will support communities in Culloden/Smithton (Inverness) to develop their capacity to identify and implement the solutions which are best for them. TCV will facilitate a collaborative process which will reduce isolation, promote self-direction and personal resilience. The desired outcome of the projects is a community empowered to make decisions and take action resulting in a positive difference to their lives.

Set up to address smaller and individual health and wellbeing issues that affect communities within our region, where getting the detail right really matters.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
Highland Disability Sport Inverness £10,000 The funding is enabling them to set up and run a series of ‘come and try sports’ taster events for people with a disability in the Highlands of Scotland.

Larger good causes partners who can have the greatest and most immediate impact. These initiatives are not supported by NHS funding.

Organisation nameTown/CityAmountPurpose
The Conservation Volunteers Inverness £45,262 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Royal Voluntary Service   £39,832 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
Alzheimer's Society   £22,548 A full-time dementia support worker will assess the needs of people affected by dementia and help them maintain their independence and sense of well-being.
The Conservation Volunteers   £27,932 Offer outdoor physical activity and participation in community-based environmental projects as part of an active group taking part in outdoor tasks.
Royal Voluntary Service   £37,500 Allow people to remain independent at home, and active in their community, by providing the individual support they need as and when they need it.
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