East Lothian Council has agreed a package of almost £5million in funding support to community councils, area partnerships and other partner agencies for 2018/19.

From the Adult Services / Health & Social Care Partnership and the Integration Joint Board, more than £500k will go to partner agencies including: £77,830 to CAPS, a mental health service based in Musselburgh; £63,502 to Carers of East Lothian; £61,887 to the RNIB; £46,263 to Deaf Action and £50,025 to the East Lothian Community Care Forum.


From the Children’s Services/ Health & Social Care Partnership and East Lothian Council budget, more than £600,000 will go to organisations including: £249,000 to Aberlour Childcare Trust; £104,040 to East Lothian Special Needs Playscheme and £96,240 to Children First.


Community Councils across East Lothian will receive just over £130,000 for administration and their local priority scheme budgets.


Area Partnerships will receive a devolved budget of almost £2 million to carry on their work delivering local priorities identified by each community.


More than £1.5million will go to various organisations in Community Partnership funding, including more than £200k to the First Step Community Project in Musselburgh; more than £77k to the Dunbar Community Development Company (Hallhill) and £99k to the Pennypit Project in Prestonpans.

Councillor Jim Goodfellow, spokesperson for Housing and Community Wellbeing, said: “It is essential for the council to work in partnership with other agencies and groups to deliver services to residents who are often the most vulnerable in our societies.


“We have some wonderful partner agencies in East Lothian delivering tailored support to many groups including the elderly, those with dementia, our very youngest residents and those struggling with financial or mental health issues or with varied additional needs. The council is delighted to be able to announce our continuing support to these groups.


“Community Councils and Area Partnerships have also been delivering key local priorities for a number of years, in close consultation with our communities and we are delighted to be able to continue this.


“Council budgets are being stretched more each year but our priority remains to work more effectively and in partnership with agencies who can help us to continue to support our residents and to deliver services that really make a difference. I’m sure this funding package will do just that.”


The full list of grant awards can be viewed at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/16245/members_library_service

Published: Thursday, 28th June 2018