Helping the Scottish Community ...

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About us

The Weir Charitable Trust aims to support Scottish-based community groups and small charities to provide services across Scotland to help the Scottish community. These groups and charities are likely to have found it difficult to access funds elsewhere.

It does not fund groups or charities who have an income of over £100,000 per year;  individuals; commercial activity; research; educational establishments; social enterprises; community interest companies; governing bodies; public sector bodies; one off events; large capital projects; Community Councils, PTAs or Active Schools Activities; or pilot projects, nor can it provide sponsorship. Applications from outside Scotland or for activities carried out outwith Scotland will not be accepted.

The Trust will consider funding specific activities and services in sport, recreational facilities, animal welfare, health and cultural projects (see "What we fund") to improve the quality of life for people, either through a particular field of expertise or via a local community. The average award granted to date is £3,500 but, in exceptional circumstances, the Trust will consider applications for funds up to £25,000.

The Trust is currently accepting applications for funding with a closing date of 5.00pm on Friday 28th February 2020.

If you want to know more, there's a lot of helpful information in our FAQs that can help you decide if you should apply to the Trust.

Case Studies

Kelso Heritage Society

Kelso Heritage Society is a small charity based in the Scottish Borders that lead on projects to promote the local heritage of the town of Kelso.

GARELOCH RIDING FOR THE DISABLED ASSOCIATION

Gareloch RDA established in1976 and is run by a team volunteers providing riding opportunities for almost 60 children and adults. The group identified the need for a carriage driving service for children and adults with severe impairments where horse riding is not practical. The group embarked on a significant fundraising campaign to build a new outdoor arena to make it suitable for carriage driving. 

West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare

Established in 2013, West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare is a registered charity providing a range of services to people experiencing the effects of poverty in the West Dunbartonshire area. 

News

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 28th February 2020 with outcomes advised by end November 2020

 

Annual Report and Financial Statements 2018

Annual Report and Financial Statements for the year ended 19 December 2018 - Available to download.

We’re Moving!

From Monday 30th July 2018 the Trust will be relocating to new offices at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre in Selkirk.

We can still be contacted on enquiries@weircharitabletrust.comand our website will soon be updated with our new address and telephone number.

Each year the group of volunteers hold exhibitions, develop story boards and produce leaflets and books.

The Trust was delighted to make an award to fund the design and printing of their third and final book in the ‘We’re from Kelso’ series - More from Kelso.  This is a great example of a group of volunteers working to preserve the history of their local community.

As a result of receiving the award the charity has now produced the book to celebrate ten years of stories about men and women from Kelso and its connections.

"Kelso has had a long and interesting history and Kelso Heritage Society hope that this publication will help the wider community to discover more about their heritage and be inspired by these unique men and women” (Kelso Heritage Society)

APPLICATIONS OPEN

We are now accepting applications for our next round of awards. Applications are open until 5.00pm on Friday 28th February 2020 with outcomes advised by end November 2020

 

Mia is one of the young people benefitting from this all inclusive service. Mia is a wonderful 17 and half year old young lady who just happens to have a condition called Angelman Syndrome. This affects all aspects of Mia's daily life and she needs full time care.

Mia has been accessing the Gareloch RDA since she was 5 years old and has built up a love and bond with horses. Mia is now no longer able to horse ride but is experiencing the joys of carriage driving which gives Mia a view of the horse and her surrounding environment from a high up position.  It helps with her independence as she takes part without her parents at her side and she is also using her core moving from side to side in her wheelchair. There is very little to access in the community that is fully inclusive therefore carriage driving has been life changing for Mia.

Ian Ward lead on the massive fundraising project on behalf of Gareloch RDA. Ian’s daughter, Mia, is pictured along with Bobbie the carriage driving pony and some of the amazing volunteers.

Established in 2013, West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare is a registered charity providing a range of services to people experiencing the effects of poverty in the West Dunbartonshire area. The charity is supported by around 92 volunteers and in 2018 provided the following services in the community: circulated an average of 250 basic food bags each week to 9,409 people ( 5278 adults and 4131 children); provided new uniforms, schoolbags, jackets and shoes to 221 children in need; provided breakfast and lunch bags to families during school holidays. This meant that 873 children who would normally have had access to Breakfast Clubs and School Lunches in term times did not go hungry through school holidays. Provided 200 families with Christmas Day food parcels and provided 653 children with between 6 and 10 lovely presents so that they could enjoy Christmas. The cooking and growing programme has given 144 people the opportunity to attend cooking lessons and learn how to cook low-cost nutritional meals while 72 people learned about planting and nurturing herbs and vegetables to use in their cooking at home.

 

The Weir Charitable Trust was delighted to support the work of the Charity in 2018 with an award to support the general running costs of the charity.

The group support Dementia Friendly Prestwick in the provision of monthly relaxed screenings and the award enabled the group to increase the number of screenings and make them accessible to the wider community; it also secures the future of Dementia Friendly Cinema.  Screenings now include family friendly shows in a range of venues, some in partnership with other local charities; all are welcoming, inclusive and free.

As a result of the award, a large number of people in the local community are enjoying coming together to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the cinema.

www.broadwayprestwick.org.uk

We’re Moving!

From Monday 30th July 2018 the Trust will be relocating to new offices at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre in Selkirk.

We can still be contacted on enquiries@weircharitabletrust.comand our website will soon be updated with our new address and telephone number.

The service, which has twice been commended in motions at the Scottish Parliament, aims to tackle social isolation among the elderly by providing basic personal footcare treatment.

With guidance from NHS Lothian Podiatry, training in basic footcare is given to Caring Soles volunteers and they are supported by the Eric Liddell Centre to deliver the service.  Caring Soles provides low cost volunteer-led basic footcare to people who struggle to maintain this independently. There is also a huge social engagement factor to delivering this service in the community, with service users & volunteers enjoying important social contact during appointments which makes an impact on social isolation and loneliness.

Since launching last year, the service, initially based in the south of Edinburgh, has spread across the city. This has happened following the development of satellite hubs in Restalrig at the Ripple Project and in Gorgie/Dalry at St Martin’s Community Resource Centre. The service is entirely led by volunteers who are trained by podiatry professionals from NHS Lothian. The addition of Wester Hailes completes an exciting first year for Caring Soles.

Eric Liddell Centre CEO, John MacMillan said: “We are absolutely over the moon that the Caring Soles service has been so well received in its first year. We are especially proud of feedback which notes the impact the project is having on social isolation and loneliness among elderly residents.

“With the amazing support of the Weir Charitable Trust, we will be able to deliver this service to the community of Wester Hailes.

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