2016 is already shaping up to be a very busy year for The Foundation.

With the recent round of funding now in place, many local groups and community-led initiatives have been in touch to share their exciting plans for projects for this year.

Elgin Youth Cafe

An important part of my role at The Foundation is to meet with these groups to find out more about them and how we can support them. I find it extremely rewarding meeting with such enthusiastic people who are passionate about what they do and making a difference to their local communities.

So far my travels have taken me across the North of Scotland to visit groups in Elgin, Inverness, Golspie, Ullapool and Wick. Each organisation is very different in what they do, from education, health and sport to social welfare, conservation and the environment. Yet all have the same aim of delivering creative ideas which can have a positive impact on local people and the area.

As well as meeting with those who seek support, we spend time visiting existing awardees to see what they’ve achieved and how their projects are developing with funding from the Foundation.

Recently I was lucky enough to join the Elgin Youth Café’s Delta Force’s kick-off 2016 meeting. The Foundation has supported this award-winning group for many years. It offers assistance to a variety of community based projects including marshalling at events, helping with conservation activities, undertaking gardening projects and working with other local charities to help fundraise.

This certainly made a great start to the year to see such a lively and committed groups working as teams sharing bright ideas for the year ahead.

Good luck to everyone in 2016 and we look forward to visiting many more exciting community projects very soon.