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Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale’s SNP MSP has welcomed the Scottish Government’s Community Empowerment initiative which will award community groups funding to tackle poverty and inequality.

Projects as diverse as money advice, healthy eating clubs and grow your own gardens will receive funding to tackle poverty and inequalities.

The Scottish Government’s £12.6 million People and Communities Fund is being allocated to 197 groups across Scotland that are changing disadvantaged communities by providing advice, training or voluntary opportunities, including several in Clydesdale

Projects are funded if they demonstrate how they can tackle poverty and promote social inclusion within communities. Among the projects which operate in Clydesdale are the South Lanarkshire Credit Union; Clydesdale Community Initiatives, Community Links, Forth Community Steering Group Initiative, Healthy Valleys and Reach for the Sky Basketball.

Commenting, Clydesdale SNP MSP Aileen Campbell said:

"It is simply amazing to see so many Clydesdale community projects being awarded funding for the stellar work they have done for their local communities. This funding from the Scottish Government is very much welcomed.

"Every community in Scotland has different challenges and aspirations and there is no one-size fits all approach to tackling poverty. That’s why the Scottish Government’s People and Communities Fund is giving communities the power and confidence to shape their own futures and address inequalities more effectively.

"Awarding Clydesdale groups funding will allow us to see the real difference this fund can make by empowering communities to deliver new skills, training and volunteering projects that fit local priorities. Giving our community groups more funding will empower them to tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

"At a time of squeezed budgets as a result of the Westminster government’s austerity programme, I am immensely proud to see the Scottish Government allocate funding for our community groups in Clydesdale and across the country which will make a real difference to people’s lives. Clydesdale has a very strong community driven spirit, and that is reflected in the fantastic work our local community projects do for those most in need. These awards will give them more options and resources, and will empower our communities to do the best we can for one another."

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