North Membership Region (PH, AB, IV, KW, DD)

In 2016 Brechin City Hall Users Group took over the running of the local city hall from the local authority. BCHug is run by trustees and a management committee, all of whom have a vested interest in the hall. They seek funding to purchase and install a lift to their stage so that it is accessible
for all. Installing an access lift to the stage would open up opportunities for all abilities within the local community as well as regional and national organisations.

Highland Hospice aim to support people, their families and carers, living with an advancing, life shortening illness in the Highlands to live the best possible life and to prepare for and experience the best possible death. Their bereavement service works in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland and NHS Highland Chaplaincy under the banner ‘Grief Matters Highland’.  Their shared aim is to widen access and increase choice in bereavement care services available for people in the Highlands, regardless of factors such as age, mobility, location or cause of death of the loved one.  They seek funding to improve awareness of and access to bereavement support and to train more volunteers to support individuals in need.

Kincardine and Deeside Befriending work to benefit older people in the community who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation. A volunteer befriender makes regular visits often including an outing to local shops, cafes etc. In this way the older person benefits from a consistent companion and spending time in whatever way they wish, often describing it as the highlight of their week. This also helps to keep older people connected to their local community. They seek funding to cover volunteer travel expenses as they travel to visit around 100 older adults each year, in their own homes and during the fun outings they have.