The KALM Project

The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust has been granted funds to continue delivering the healthy eating and activity projects Kyle – All Lives Matter (KALM)

Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust (KoSDT) is delighted to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Scottish Government’s Investing in Communities Fund. We have received £243,000 which will allow us to continue delivering our healthy eating and activity projects for two years; and will also help build the Trust’s capacity for future sustainability.

The project will be overseen by the full-time Project Manager Beverley Hill, and two part-time Project Assistants. The funding will also allow Beth Simco to continue working in her full-time role as Contracts Officer whilst studying for her Graduate Apprenticeship degree at Strathclyde University.

As part of the KALM project KoSDT will continue running the Community Food Stop – our weekly community café which aims to address food insecurity and social isolation by bringing the community together for a hot lunch every Monday. The café will be delivered by the existing group of volunteers, many of whom have direct experience of these issues. Food costs are subsidised, and customers are never directly asked for payment. Those who cannot afford to pay the full amount can make a confidential donation.

KoSDT will also continue managing the Community Larder; and we will be able to resume our monthly Evening Café with entertainment, and annual events such as The Big Brunch (for Challenge Poverty Week), and The Big Lunch. Targeted eating and cooking initiatives will be held on a regular basis for families living on a low budget.

Through KALM we will continue to deliver our weekly programme of activities (including Ballroom Dancing, Latin Cardio, and Badminton), to increase the physical and mental health and well-being of our residents.

As a new element of the project KoSDT will develop the small plot of land next to The Barn, into a community growing centre, with a Polytunnel and raised beds. This will give the community a space to grow fruit and vegetables and support environmental sustainability.

KoSDT would like to thank the Ardgay & District and Creich Community Councils for the £5000 of match funding towards KALM from the Beinn Tharsuinn Windfarm Community fund.

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