Funding award for Bute support service

The HELP Project was awarded �5000 at Clydesdale Bank's Spirit of the Community Awards recently.
The HELP Project was awarded �5000 at Clydesdale Bank's Spirit of the Community Awards recently.

Twenty-four community groups across Scotland, including one in Argyll and Bute, have been selected to share a funding boost of £175,000 to make a real difference in their areas.

Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards announced the substantial donations to voluntary groups at an awards ceremony in Glasgow, to recognise the charities and not-forprofit organisations which are going the extra mile.

HELP (Argyll & Bute) Ltd, which provides a support service for 16 to 25 year olds who are homeless, in threat of homelessness or coming out of care, has been awarded £5,000 to help run an employment programme for 12 young people. The course will provide opportunities for them to build confidence, skills and employment qualifications.

David Thorburn, Chief Executive of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks, said: “Clydesdale Bank’s

Spirit of the Community Awards aim to recognise and support the vital contribution that voluntary and charitable organisations make to their local communities. It has been inspiring to see the great work which is being done at grass roots level across the country.

“HELP (Argyll & Bute) Ltd is an extremely deserving winner which has been recognised for its community spirit with an award of £5,000 from Clydesdale Bank.”

Janet Mackellar at HELP (Argyll & Bute) Ltd, said: “We are over the moon to have been awarded £5,000 in Clydesdale Bank’s Spirit of the Community Awards. This funding will provide much needed financial support and will be put towards our Youth Employment Programme to support vulnerable young people in their preparation for an ever competitive employment market.”