AN Irvine community club which gives people in Ayrshire the chance to socialise, and helps to relieve feelings of social isolation, has been given a financial boost from a Scotland-wide community funding scheme.
Irvine Meadow Community Club has received funding from the Ross and Liddell community bursary scheme – a project which provides support to organisations all over the country.
The club – held at Meadow Park in Wilson Avenue every Wednesday – welcomes men and women of all ages with a hot beverage and encourages social interaction. Topics up for discussion range from community involvement and activities, to sport and physical and mental wellbeing.
The funding received from property management company Ross and Liddell will go towards the construction of an accessible toilet facility in the grounds outside the club, and will also assist in the club’s expansion and development within the community.
Bill Lamb, Compliance Director, said:
“The Wednesday Club gives members something different to look forward to every week. It’s so important that older people who are socially isolated have the chance to interact with other people and get the chance to take part in activities that help keep the mind and body active.
“We have a varieties of activities on the go every week. Every fourth week we also have a Memories Club where we get together to talk about Irvine’s past - especially about its footballing heritage.
“The club has received great feedback from the community so far and proved very popular already.
“The funding from Ross and Liddell is greatly appreciated; it will make a huge difference to the club as it will go towards the new facilities which we so desperately need to ensure everyone can join in.
“It will also contribute to future projects that we are looking into, for example a walking football club and a drone club, which would be the first in the area.”
The Irvine Meadow Community Club takes place every Wednesday from 2 to 4pm and everyone is welcome.
Ross and Liddell specialises in property management and maintenance, as well as providing a comprehensive range of residential and commercial services, including sales, lettings, surveying and insurance.
Now in its sixth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations all over Scotland that make a vital difference in their community.
Irvine Meadow Community Club is one of 33 groups to receive funding in this bursary year.
Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said: “We’re very proud to be providing funding to groups all over Scotland in this year’s community bursary scheme.
“It’s so important that organisations like Irvine Meadow Community Club have access to funding to ensure that people of all ages who are socially isolated get the chance to meet people and take an active interest in their local area.
“We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use.”