Lottery million for Friock Hub

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A seven-figure lottery grant just announced means it’s all systems go for the Friockheim Community Hub, to be built at the former school in Eastgate.

Chairman of the Angus village’s Hub Project, Dougie Pond, has been told by The Big Lottery Fund that a total of £1,079,843 will be paid out over a four year period, with an initial payment of £883,258 in the first year.

Mr Pond said: “Friock Hub are delighted to have been offered the Big Lottery Scotland grant. It will allow the project to develop a facility, in the heart of the village, which can offer many activities and spaces to support, sustain and develop Friockheim and its rural surroundings.

“We are very excited by the project and look forward to contributing as it develops, both as a modern, stimulating building that the residents will own, and also as a Hub offering a variety of activities and services managed and delivered through the community.”

The Lottery Fund’s letter of confirmation of the award states: “Friockheim Community Hub Ltd (FCHL) will renovate the former Eastgate Primary School and teachers’ resource centre located in the centre of Friockheim to form a community hub. To meet the needs identified including social isolation, unemployment, encouraging a vibrant business community, youth crime and rising anti-social behaviour and halting the drift to becoming purely a commuter area, ‘Friock Hub’ will provide a range of facilities and services.

“These include five business start-up office spaces for rent, a kitchen and cafe (leased to an external organisation), a fitness suite, facilities for pre-school and mother and toddler activities, an IT training suite, Citizens Advice and Credit Union services, youth facilities, lunch clubs and other services for older people, facilities for training provision in conjunction with the local college and support services for disabled and disadvantaged residents in partnership with the local council. Meeting space for local groups will also be provided.

“Currently these facilities are either not available, not available locally or provided at a low level using unsuitable premises. 1,735 people will benefit from the project, rising to more than 2,000 by year five.”