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The Pilton Equalities Project

North Edinburgh

A PILTON community group has received a welcome funding boost from the Ross and Liddell Community Bursary Scheme.

The Pilton Equalities Project is a recipient of the property management company’s fifth annual funding programme, which provides support to organisations all over Scotland.

The group help older and other vulnerable adults in North Edinburgh and will use the cash to buy materials and props for their annual show – which this year is Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

The project was established as the Pilton Elderly Project over 25 years ago to help people in the local area. In 2007 it changed its name to reflect its changing client group and services.

The group offers a wide range of services for the community – including transport, lifelong learning, day-care, a weekend resource for people who suffer from social isolation or mental health problems, and a befriending and homecare service.

Theodora Hidalgo, learning and training officer, said:

"We are delighted to have been chosen to receive funding from Ross and Liddell and are very grateful for their support.

The bursary money will allowus to help the lives of people in the local community. The support people get from PEP really is invaluable and awards like this help us to deliver a wide ranging and varied programme of support to our clients."

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 fifth year, the Community Bursary Scheme was launched to provide support to organisations that make a vital difference in their community.

The Pilton Equalities Project is one of 31 groups to receive funding in this bursary year. Edinburgh property manager made Scott Ross the presentation at the centre this month.

Irene Devenny, managing director of Ross and Liddell, said:

"The bursary has really gone from strength to strength and the number of entries that we received for the 2015 scheme was fantastic.

It’s so important that organisations like the Pilton Equalities Project have access to funding sources.

The work the group does in the community to help local residents realise their potential really is wonderful to see. We are thrilled to offer our support and know that the funding will be put to good use."