20 Mar 2018
TransPennine Express (TPE) in partnership with the Forestry Commission is to donate more than £9,500 to initiatives in Craigmillar, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Community and environmental projects in Scotland and the North of England were invited to apply for grants of up to £5,000 as part of the TPE Transform fund and the lucky recipients have now been confirmed.
In Glasgow, The Sound Lab will receive £4,530 to part-fund ‘Creative Jam’, an inclusive 12-week music tuition programme for ten young adults with disabilities. The programme will teach them how to express themselves through music while also helping develop their confidence, communication and social skills.
Carr Gomm's Craigmillar Men's Shed project has been awarded £5,000 which will go towards supporting socially isolated men living in the local community. The Men’s Shed aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness by bringing people together to socialise and learn new skills.
Paul Sullivan, Chair of The Sound Lab said: "At Sound Lab, we believe that music matters to everyone. That's why we're hugely thankful to TransPennine Express for supporting our Creative Jam project. Despite huge demand, there are not enough opportunities for adults with disabilities to engage with music; however, Creative Jam aims to change that. Our project will provide 10 young adults with disabilities the opportunity to engage in a free, fun and engaging 12-week music tuition programme; helping them to express themselves through music, whilst also helping to improve their confidence, communication and social skills. We can't wait to get started!"
Scott McNair, Community Projects Manager at Carr Gomm, said: “As a social care and community development charity, we are committed to tackling isolation and loneliness throughout Scotland. With a reported two-fifths of Scots admitting to feeling lonely, the projects we run are more important than ever to ensure the health and well-being of our local communities.
“We are very grateful to TransPennine Express for its support. The grant will make a huge difference to our local Men in Sheds project – just one of the many community activity programmes we run across the country.”
Iain Peacock, Environment Manager for TransPennine Express commented: “I want to thank everyone that took the time to submit an application and it’s fair to say the standard of submissions was extremely high.
“I’m delighted that so many projects across our local communities are going to benefit from the Transform fund and along with the Forestry Commission, we are really looking forward to seeing how each applicant benefits from our support.”
12 projects in total across the North and Scotland will share in £50,000 worth of Transform funding with the competition taking place on an annual basis.
The scheme is open to community groups, clubs, schools, charities and anyone who allows open access to their land.
Applications were judged by colleagues from TPE and the Forestry Commission with success factors including environmental improvements, impact on the local community and action to reduce social exclusion and youth unemployment, as well as overall positive environmental impact and proximity to the routes the train company serves.