£422,551.39 Boost to Orkney Wellness Projects

Several community wellness projects in Orkney have received a boost in funding from the Scottish Government.

The funding is being delivered by Inspiring Scotland through The Healthy Islands Fund.

Inspiring Scotland CEO Celia Tennant said:

“Inspiring Scotland is delighted to be the delivery partner for the Scottish Government’s Healthy Islands Fund which supports the aims and outcomes of the National Islands Plan and builds on the work of the Scottish Government’s Island Communities Fund. 

“The 56 successful Healthy Island Fund Projects delivered on 35 islands will support our island communities to engage in healthy lifestyle choices and in turn support their physical and mental wellbeing.”

The projects supported in Orkney are:

OrganisationProject NameIslands
1Eday PartnershipActive Eday ProjectEday£50,700.00
2North Ronaldsay TrustGrowing Together at North Ronaldsay Community SchoolNorth Ronaldsay£14,995.00
3Relationships Scotland OrkneyEnhancing the Orkney Counselling CentreOrkney Mainland£7,179.84
4Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre Development TrustThe Heart of RousayRousay£98,716.00
5Sanday Junior High SchoolSanday Outdoor Fitness ParkSanday£13,669.00
6Stromness Community Development TrustS.E.E – Succeed, Equip and EngageOrkney Mainland£20,000.00
7Stronsay Development TrustStronsay Health MattersStronsay£64,229.95
8Stromness AcademyStromness Academy Outdoor Education and Duke of Edinburgh Award groupOrkney Mainland£19,728.78
9Orkney Islands CouncilMore Bikes, More Islands, More ActiveOrkney Mainland£92,173.82
10Orkney Gymnastics ClubStrengthening Links and Enhanced Engagement Between Coaches/Club, Gymnasts and their FamiliesOrkney Mainland£4,410.00
11Burray Primary SchoolBurray School Community PolycrubBruray; Orkney£14,313.00
12Orkney Athletic and Running ClubOARC – Electronic Timing SystemOrkney Mainland£13,950.00
13Sanday Community Craft ClubOperation AdministratorSanday£5,000.00
14Friends of the Hoy KirkHoy WonderHoy£1,990.00
15*Scottish Rural Health Partnership, University of Highlands and IslandsLiterature Review on Scottish Island Mental Health and WellbeingAll Na h-Eileanan SIar; Orkney Isles; and Shetland Isles£1,496.00

* This project is being delivered across Na h-Eileanan Siar, Orkney & Shetland.

Total funding Orkney  £422,551.39

Mairi Gougeon, Islands Secretary in the Scottish Government said:

“It’s important that local communities have initiatives that can promote participation and equality in physical activity, as we’ve outlined in our National Islands Plan. We need to ensure that these are locally-led and local community groups are often best placed to provide these services on our islands.

“The projects that we are funding will help encourage people to live healthier lifestyles and improve their resilience. I’m so grateful to the groups for applying to help improve the lives of the people living across Scotland’s islands and I can’t wait to see them in action.”

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