Drone Hill Community Benefit Fund success
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in receiving a grant from the Drone Hill Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland for our LINKS project. This grant is to support the delivery of a community health and well-being programme in and around Eyemouth for the next 12 months.
The fund recognised the breadth of activities that our LINKS project has undertaken and the importance of this work during the cost-of-living crisis.
LINKS Eyemouth is a project for families in the Eyemouth area in the Borders. The focus is on healthy, lower budget eating and wider wellbeing as a means of promoting social connections. The project now reaches around 50-60 families per week.
Some families have even stopped using the food bank as they prefer the positive social element of the LINKS model. The project has helped strengthen community partnerships between different organisations, groups and small businesses. Sometimes making use of surplus food which would otherwise be wasted.
The project also has its own e-cargo-bike which is used for deliveries of healthy food to local families. The LINKS e-bike has been tested by our resident cyclist, Dixie, and it can reach as far as some of the Drone Hill area without recharging, which is great news!
We have been speaking to some of the LINKS families about the impact of the project:
“I got one of the first food bags during Covid and it was making coleslaw. Since that day I have only bought about 2 packets of coleslaw, as I now know how to make it. It was so exciting and something you wouldn’t normally try to make. It changed our mind set; I make my own coleslaw now! It’s a small change that’s made a big impact on us, we’re using less plastic now too”.
Keep an eye on our website over the comings weeks for further blogs about the LINKS project and what is going on across the Eyemouth area.
Funded by Drone Hill Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund, administered by Foundation Scotland.