Funding boost for hub

Plans for a community hub in Banchory have received a major boost.

Plans for a community hub in Banchory have received a major boost.

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Community projects in Banchory have been given a major boost with the awarding of two grants.

Banchory and District Initiative (BDI) will use the £14,000 to fund a new community hub and train people for work in the catering industry.

I am very pleased that we have raised a substantial grant for Banchory

Jean Henretty BDI Chairperson

The Big Lottery Awards for All programme awarded £8000 to support the creation of a new community facility in the town centre. It will provide a social space including a cafe for all.

It will also offer a training facility for people who want to enter the catering industry with a range of courses which are being funded by an RBS Skills and Opportunities grant of £6000.

BDI chairperson Jean Henretty said: “I am very pleased that we have raised a substantial grant for Banchory. We are presently looking for a property where we can run community education classes and open a cafe to provide training courses.”

She added: “I am particularly pleased about the RBS award as this was a competitive application. Banchory does not often get grants but it was recognised that Deeside does have people who need support to get their first job or need to learn new skills. I hope we can help as many people as possible to gain employment.”

Local councillor Karen Clark said: “I am delighted to hear about this funding boost for the community hub project. It is an exciting proposal which aims to be inclusive and bring the heart back to the village in Banchory.”

More about the proposed community hub, or the training courses, can be obtained by contacting the project team at info@banchory.org or mail to BDI, Banchory Town Hall.