Thenue celebrates £327,000 boost to help communities

Members of Thenue’s regeneration team celebrate the double windfall

Communities in Glasgow are in line for a major boost after Thenue Housing received a £327,000 cash windfall from two sources.

Now the cash will be pumped into communities where Thenue has its homes with two projects aimed at fighting loneliness, giving people opportunities to learn and providing a helping hand on picking up digital skills.

The first cash boost has come from the Big Lottery Fund and will pay for a Thenue project called ‘Choices for Change’ to the tune of £227,000, while £100,000 from the Bank of Scotland Foundation will finance a new Thenue project called CLIC (Connecting Locally, Informing Communities).

The huge funding bonanza means the projects can be delivered over two years and will be available to tenants where Thenue has its homes – notably in areas like the East End including Calton, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Blackhill, Cranhill and Castlemilk.

Lawrence McCabe, Thenue’s community regeneration manager, said: “This is a hugely-significant amount of funding and we thank the Big Lottery Fund and Bank of Scotland Foundation for it. It will allow us to deliver real change by helping the communities we serve.”

Bank of Scotland Foundation is an independent charity working with charities across Scotland supporting people and their local communities. The Foundation receives an annual donation of £2m from Lloyds Banking Group as part of the Group’s commitment to the Helping Scotland Prosper initiative.

The Foundation donates these funds to charities across Scotland through grants programmes and a matched giving programme for Lloyds Banking Group employees in Scotland. Since November 2010 the Foundation has provided over £13m to charities across Scotland making it a prominent funder.

Big Lottery Fund is responsible for funding projects and activities which make communities stronger and more vibrant and which are led by the people who live in them.

The new Choices for Change initiative follows on from Thenue’s successful ‘Learning Works’ project which has helped hundreds of people who were identified as long term unemployed find employment and gain learning opportunities

It is aimed at people who are lonely and socially isolated and will offer the courses in partnership with Glasgow Kevin College.

CLIC will tackle the issue of low digital skills among people living in communities offering such things as training on how to get online and delivering the skills needed for everyday life in a digital age.

There are clear benefits to this including getting better energy deals which are often accessible only online and to comply with an increasing drive by many organisations for customers to access their online services.

Charles Turner, Thenue’s chief executive, said communities would benefit directly from the generosity of the Bank of Scotland Foundation and Big Lottery Fund.

He said: “This is a wonderful example of a Foundation helping at the very heart of communities to make a difference to people’s lives. We are extremely grateful for the £100,000 which will significantly benefit people seeking to pick up digital skills.

“We are also greatly appreciative of Big Lottery Fund’s incredible funding of £227,000 for our new Choices for Change project. This will go a long way to helping the people in communities where we have our homes.”

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