£88,000 to help local groups support the community in the pandemic

Dunbar and district has a strong tradition of local groups working together to look after people in need of help and support. This has enabled groups to respond quickly to the coronavirus situation by extending and adapting their services, and to ensure people get the help they need.

Using our experience and role as a Community Development Trust, Sustaining Dunbar has been able to work on behalf of the local Covid-19 Response Groups to raise funds for the following groups and projects:

The Ridge – £26,765 towards: coordinating community groups & volunteers across Dunbar/West Barns; providing counselling; supplying fresh vegetables to Dunbar Basics Bank.

Dunbar Basics Bank – £24,051 toward expansion of the food bank service and provision of delivery service.

Dunbar/West Barns/Dunpender/East Lammermuir Community Councils – £12,000 for a joint hardship fund for residents of local area (Ward 6). (Details of the fund and how to apply will be posted on the Dunbar Community Council website soon.)

Community Carrot t/a Crunchy Carrot – £6,600 towards free food delivery to elderly and self isolating.

St Annes Episcopal Church Dunbar – £5,130 towards: a debt advice service; community events, support and local news.

Parish of Dunglass (Church of Scotland) – £4,330 towards working with East Lammermuir Community Council, Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council and Innerwick Parish Welfare Association to coordinate volunteeers, provide and deliver emergency supplies in Dunglass and area.

Lynton Day Centre – £2,145 towards delivery of home cooked meals to elderly clients and elderly volunteers while the centre is closed.

Dunbar and West Barns Community Councils – £1,000 towards personal protective equipment and supplies for community volunteers.

Sunny Soups – £993 towards free soup from surplus food to foodbank users and others.

Sustaining Dunbar has raised a further £5,000 contingency to support community groups responding to the challenges of the pandemic. For further information about applying, please contact Osbert Lancaster,

This funding has been provided by the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund which is administered by the Development Trust Association Scotland.