Queens Cross celebrate National Lottery award

Wednesday 12 December 2018

Tenants enjoying our Gala Day earlier this year.Local communities will benefit from a range of new projects over the next three years, thanks to a National Lottery award.

The Big Lottery Scotland Fund have announced that Queens Housing Association will receive £136,838 over a three-year period which will help challenge poverty and promote health and wellbeing.

The grant will deliver a range of projects that will benefit people of all ages in the local community.

Jamie Ballantine, Social Regeneration Manager at QCHA said, "We are absolutely delighted that the Lottery have awarded these funds to Queens Cross Housing Association. This money will allow us to plan and deliver quality activities that will promote health and wellbeing, encourage community learning and strengthen connections between people living in our communities."

The range of activities that will be funded include digital skills and film making for young people. Mindfulness, yoga classes and help to start up walking groups will also feature in future project plans.

The new funds will also help to support horticultural learning in the association's growing spaces. 

big lotteryBig Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Queens Cross Housing Association has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant. The funding will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish Queens Cross Housing Association every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”

Jamie added: "Our research shows that many of our residents are living in poverty, struggling with ill health and many are experiencing social isolation. It is important that we create good quality opportunities for people of all ages: to support learning, to help people try out new activities and interests and to create safe spaces for people to meet, socialise and have positive experiences. 

"I would like to say thanks to the Big Lottery which will give certainty and longevity to our social regeneration activities over the next three years, leading to positive outcomes for people and communities"