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Groups that received funding from Argyll and Bute Supporting Communities Fund 2022/23

Bute And Cowal 


Bute & Cowal


Achievement Bute

 £            2,500.00

Argyll & Bute Befrienders

 £               680.00

Argyll Mausoleum Limited t/a Historic Kilmun

 £               637.71

Bute Community Land Company

 £            2,464.70

Cairndow Community Childcare

 £            2,250.00

Cormonachan Community Woodlands Ltd

 £            2,000.00

Cowal Choral Club

 £            2,500.00

Cowal Community Orchestra

 £            1,500.00

Dunoon Community Development Trust

 £            2,500.00

Dunoon Junior Shinty Club

 £            2,500.00

Tighnabruaich Development Trust

 £               948.88

Waterbaby Arts SCIO

£            2,499.00




Helensburgh and Lomond


Helensburgh & Lomond


Argyll & Bute Befrienders

 £               614.00

Cove & Kilcreggan Youth Café

 £               664.09

Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs

 £            2,500.00

Fun First

 £            2,500.00

Garelochhead & Rosneath Peninsula Community First Responders

 £            2,500.00

Garelochhead Station Trust

 £            1,539.30

Grey Matters

 £            2,345.00

Helensburgh Art Hub

 £            2,500.00

Helensburgh Tree Conservation Trust

 £               664.09

Jean's Bothy

 £            2,500.00

Males Tales Helensburgh CIC

 £            2,500.00

Project 81 Youth and Community Enterprise Ltd

 £            2,500.00


Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands


Mid Argyll, Kintyre and the Islands


19th Argyll Scout (Lochgilphead) Group

 £            2,400.00

Achnamara Village Hall Committee

 £            2,365.00

Argyll & Bute Befrienders

 £               602.00

Craignish Village Hall

 £            2,500.00

Dochas Carer Centre

 £            2,500.00

Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation

 £               640.92

Islay & Jura Community Enterprises Ltd.

 £            2,500.00

Kintyre Link Club

 £            2,500.00

Kintyre Seasports

 £            2,432.40

Shopper-Aide Ltd

 £            2,500.00

Tarbert & Skipness Community Trust (TSCT)

 £            2,500.00

Kintyre Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service

 £            1,179.27


Oban, Lorn and the Isles


Oban, Lorn and the Isles


Argyll & Bute Befrienders


£               604.00


Argyll Wellbeing Hub


£            2,500.00


Aros Park Historic Walled Garden


£            2,500.00


Comunn Gàidhealach an Òbain (Oban Mod Academy)


£            1,764.20


Down’s Syndrome Scotland ( Oban and Area Positive Futures)


£            2,500.00


Mull and Iona Community Trust


£            2,500.00


Oban Communities Trust - The Rockfield Centre - Dye Garden


£            2,493.00


Oban Communities Trust - The Rockfield Centre - LEGO & Construction Club Oban


£            2,412.00


Oban FM Community Radio Ltd


£            1,764.19


Oban Youth Café


£            2,500.00


The Ardchattan Centre


£            2,492.00



Whitehouse Village Hall

Whitehouse village hall is at the hub of our small community, comprising of a hall building and an outside small picnic and parking area. We successfully host many community events including our popular annual ‘Grow and Show’, bringing together all ages to showcase their produce and flowers from our local gardens.

With the support of Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund, and local businesses in 2021 we have continued to develop our gardening theme by improving our outside space, hosting a picnic & plant share and successfully hosting this years’ Grow and Show event in August.

The funding has supported the purchase of gazebos to allow us to fully utilize our outside space when the weather is not the best as it was this year. We have added decorative planting to our picnic area making it a nice place to meet even when there are no events taking place.

                                   Home grown lettuces                Home grown potatoes


Plastic Free Helensburgh

In 2021 Plastic Free Helensburgh applied to Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund to run a Climate Change Week to encourage Helensburgh to become a greener, cleaner community by taking environmental action to address climate change, and raise awareness before COP26 being held in Glasgow.        Plastic Free posters and books

We arranged various events throughout the week to highlight not only the threats caused by Climate Change such as flooding, wildfires, increased migration, loss of biodiversity, etc. But also on the action we can take to reduce our carbon footprint.  We engaged with all ages of the community, offering a week of events, in person and online.   

Grey Matters knitted canaries and held an information event. We then used our Plastic Free Champion Shops to display the canaries along with a simple action to reduce Climate Change. We invited local families to take part in the trail.

During the week we hosted education workshops on subjects including electric vehicles, sustainable parenting, reducing food waste and reducing single use plastic.  We held several craft events raising awareness of plastic pollution through craft and a Film Night to continue the Climate Conversation through Creative Arts.

We held three beach cleans covering East, West and Central Helensburgh beaches as part of the Great British Beach Clean. The events were well attended and the data went towards the annual report produced by the Marine Conservation Society. We used new litter picking equipment funded by the grant from Argyll and Bute.

The week was a success both in raising awareness of our group with many new members joining during the week and also raising awareness of Climate Change and reducing our carbon footprint. The events were well supported by articles from the Helensburgh Advertiser which helped raise awareness.  Over the week over 600 people attended events, with many committing to personal changes that will improve our environment and help fight climate change.

We hope to repeat the week in 2022.

Minority Ethnic Carers of People Project (MECOPP)

Minority Ethnic CBasketmakingarers of People Project (MECOPP) received a grant from the Supporting Communities Fund to provide basket making workshops for members of the Gypsy/Traveller community in North Argyll. The group learned from an Ardfern based basket maker, who has studied traditional basket making with Scottish Travellers and the Roma of Central Europe. The group included a pensioner who has been very isolated during the pandemic and some young people with learning support needs.  

They enjoyed reconnecting with this traditional willow weaving craft. Before the advent of plastic baskets and bags some of their parents and grandparents would sell their baskets around the farms and villages in Argyll.  


The Community Bureau SCIO


The Community Bureau works with vulnerable adults addressing issues such as older age, mental health, older age and disabilities or ill health across western Argyll. We aim to support people to live

 independently with support and to bring communities together and encourage civic engagement.

Whilst the pandemic is not over we have seen the immense damage caused by enforced isolation, and communities and social connections torn apart.  But funding from Supporting Communities has had a positive impact for over 50 people some of whom had not ventured out of their homes for almost 18 months.   In small groups we have walked, talked, laughed, been mushroom spotting, and enjoyed local pathways.   In Oban, it was possible to walk and swim in a relaxing forest setting then later in the sea. Around Kintyre and mid Argyll, walking and enjoying the outdoors with a little mindfulness, has encouraged people to take small steps toward rebuilding their communities.   We were blessed with some good weather and indoors the art and compilation of photos is likely to continue given its popularity. Everyone has enjoyed taking and organising their photos of our natural surroundings whilst rebuilding connections.

The discussion groups, activity and art groups needed to be small, but that never diluted their value.    Feedback has been hugely positive, with many stating the relief and joy experienced.


Albatross Arts CIC and Jean’s Bothy 

Albatross Arts CIC and Jean’s Bothy delivered a social wellbeing project to establish meaningful connections with larger cultural organisations to support people, of all ages, dealing with mental health challenges. The Culture Club Project was an inclusive, 9 week, intergenerational, pilot project that engaged and supported local people living with mental health challenges to re-engage with wider society post pandemic, whilst learning new skills. The project facilitated weekly cultural excursions, planned and co-designed with the participants and cultural organisations, with whom we already had strong links. The participants built cultural confidence, explored shared specific challenges in a safe setting and established new peer support networks.

ArtworkUp to 12 individuals per week were supported to venture into cultural settings, in both rural and urban environments and re-engage with creative and cultural activities; Mackintosh at The Willow, Denny Tank, Central Station, Levengrove Park, Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), and Glasgow Mural Trail. Workshop activities at each venue enabled individuals to engage with collections, archives and artworks and enjoy the outside space.

Individuals gained new skills regained confidence of existing skills (i.e. travelling on public transport), and a more in depth understanding of the relationship between cultural activity and social wellbeing.

The arts are well documented as providing a safe space for self-expression. Art is a great leveller where multigenerational groups of all abilities can work alongside each other and share an experience. It can stimulate conversation, connect individuals and enable participants to experience a greater sense of wellbeing and confidence. For those feeling excluded, creative engagement supports a more resilient mindset. A resilient person can resist adversity, cope with uncertainty and recover more successfully from traumatic events or episodes.  


The Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme (RoMICTS)

busThe Ross of Mull and Iona Community Transport Scheme (RoMICTS) was established as a charity in 2012, to help meet local travel needs of sparsely scattered remote island communities of south west Mull and Iona, where bus services are very limited.

Last year, RoMICTS received a Supporting Communities Fund award towards the general running costs of the community transport scheme.  As soon as lockdown restrictions abruptly disrupted normal patterns of community life in March 2020, fliers were distributed to every local household to publicise arrangements for free deliveries of prescriptions, locally ordered groceries or food parcels, on request, to any address within 25 miles. With additional volunteer drivers coming forward to help provide deliveries using their own vehicles, and Mull’s Waterfall Fund meeting mileage expenses, the scheme worked well, meeting every request received by allocating duties to drivers best placed to undertake pickups and deliveries each day.

Following easing of restrictions, RoMICTS resumed activity with our dedicated vehicle, assisting with deliveries of food parcels, and providing essential passenger journeys e.g. for health purposes, but carrying just one person (or household) at a time, with masks, ventilation, sanitiser and disinfecting regimes in place, in line with Community Transport Association COVID guidance.

Bute Shinty Club, Ladies Section

A great example of how the Supporting Communities Fund has helped and supported the health and wellbeing of Ladies on Bute is the Bute Shinty Club, Ladies Section 

Ladies playing shinty

  • With the funding awarded from the Supporting Communities Fund, Bute Ladies Shinty section were able  to enter 2 teams in to the Ladies Shinty Development league last year.
  • All the Ladies were amazing- they made it to the final in Fort William.
  • The Ladies also took part in the Mod Cup in Glasgow against Glasgow, Mid Argyll.
  • Bute Ladies section have done an fantastic job starting out in the game.  It’s even encouraged a younger group of girls to take up Shinty.    They now have a girls Primary and Secondary Team. who have taken part in local tournaments.
  • The ladies had a chance last year to play at Bute Highland Games. This was  a great opportunity to showcase how much the ladies have developed in the last year.
  • Last summer(2019) some of the younger members were able to attend the Shinty Summer Camp, where Anna Stanczky won best endeavour award.
  • Ladies Captain, Heather Ferguson also won  the Live Argyll “Young coach of the year “ award.
  • As well as playing Shinty, all the girls give up their own time to fundraise for local charities. The most recent fundraising  event during lockdown was to walk 1000 miles during May , raising £1420 for the Victoria Hospital, Rothesay.

Islay Link Club

Islay Link Club - garden

Islay Link Club is a small peer support group with big ambitions and a big heart, supporting better mental health and working to decrease the stigma of a mental health diagnosis.  With a modest investment from the SCF of £350, matched by a donation from one of the distilleries,  members of the group bought gardening materials and worked together to create a planted feature to enhance the town of Bowmore.  They found that working together in a different way, outdoors, learning gardening skills and using collaboration skills did an immense amount of good for lifting their moods and increasing confidence. As a bonus they all made new friends during the project.  

This is the Islay garden that was left to get overgrown, last year Laphroig Distillery offered to help the Link Club and Kids Club clean it up. The money was needed to buy plants and tools to help.


Route 81

The Footprint Friday environmental awareness project was successfully delivered.  This included participation in the ‘Every Can Counts’ initiative as well as 34 peer led sessions with the young people and 2 community beach cleans.

The project gave the young people of Route 81 an amazing opportunity to work together to help make a difference and make their centre more eco-friendly. They had great fun, learned many new skills along the way and successfully managed to positively influence their peers and the wider community to be more environmentally conscious.

Becoming more environmentally friendly has been an issue that Route 81’s young people and youth workers had wanted to tackle for some time. Running a very busy Youth Project and making changes and developing activities to promote awareness was challenging and time consuming.  Thanks to the Supporting Communities Fund we were able to begin this invaluable piece of work by running our ‘Footprint Friday’ project in 2019!

Understanding the impact we have on our environment was the theme and recycling and can crushing at busy Friday night Youth Sessions suddenly became the popular norm!  Activities over the 12 month period included Beach Cleans, Recycle Workshops (creating jewellery and Christmas decorations from cans and old bike tyres), Educational workshops and the reviewing of all of our resources and things that we sell within Centre 81.  Putting learning into practice, re-enforced the practical difference everyone could make on their environment and we really grateful we got the opportunity to do this through the Footprint Friday project!

Children writing on a whiteboard and recycling cans  Children picking up litter  Children making things

Crossroads North Argyll

Crossroads North Argyll

Crossroads North Argyll – the Supporting Communities Fund award paid for respite activities for carers.  The carers were taken on trips around the local area with people who share similar experiences.  The club was held on a Monday to give people a boost after the weekend and was an opportunity for people to have some time for themselves.  Friendships were formed, confidence increased and loneliness and isolation was reduced.  

The Carers are collected from their homes and this allows them to attend the group.  This project has helped to break down some of the isolation that the Carers feel at times.  They have greatly benefitted from sharing their experiences, making friends with other Carers and getting peer support, who understand what each other are going through.   The Carers have also said that they have received support for themselves in many different ways including from the Support Staff and the Manager of the Project.


Bookends project

The Bookends project began as a week long festival in 2016 with authors, storytellers, musicians, a quiz and theatre. It started as a way to bring literature and other arts into a small community and to share these with local schools and to appeal to all ages. They "dressed" the local village hall with donations from local businesses and individuals creating The Reading Room which has walls lined with bookshelves, hundreds of pre-loved books and comfy couches, soft lighting and a welcome cuppa and home baking. When the week was over they started to dismantle the space but the community asked them to leave it as a little haven to visit more regularly. The volunteers formed themselves into a charitable organisation and with help from community funding, were able to open The Reading Room one day a month for all ages, locals and visitors to come to read, chat, unwind and have company. Over the years and with more support and funding they have been able to extend the number of days they can be open and they often say that Bookends is a mental health club masquerading as a book festival. 

By responding to the community needs and with local funding  they became sustainable and have extended the reach of their guests to Hope Kitchen and Oban High School  They have set up pop-up days in Taynuilt and Kilninver Village Halls and worked with wider groups like Luminate which caters for older people and Book Bug and The Scottish Book Trust to encourage a wide group of younger readers to join in. They are proud of the inter generational aspect of Bookends.

Covid put a stop to the festival last year but they are poised to introduce the Bookends pop-up days whenever it is safe to do so.

Find out more about the Supporting Communities Fund and how to apply.

Did you know?

treesSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
544 Community Projects across Argyll & Bute




statueSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
45 History and Culture Projects




wellbeingSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
103 Wellbeing Projects




musicSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
47 Musicmaking Projects




personSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
63 Youth Projects




plantSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
64 Environmental Projects




busSince 2015, Argyll and Bute Council’s Supporting Communities Fund has supported
52 Transport and Inclusive Community Projects




Graphic Source: The Noun Project