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2017 Aberdeenshire Grants

In 2017, the Jo Walters Trust again welcomed applications to fund projects which provide education in the outdoors in Aberdeenshire. We received a huge number of really exciting applications and, in order to try to bring as many of these to fruition as possible, decided to increase the total budget from £6,000 to £9,200, meaning there were 5 recipients rather than 3. These were:
  • Banchory-Devenick Primary School: £1,800 to spend on equipment to equip their forest school  They will use it to purchase a tarpaulin and tools, such as loppers, secateurs, whittling tools and bowsaws, as well as firelighting equipment, a fire safety blanket and cooking equipment. 
  • Aberdeenshire Sailing Trust SC043046: £2,270 to fund the purchase of a new safety boat. This will enable them to offer sailing at Knockburn Loch throughout the sailing season as currently they can only offer sailing there from July - October as their only rescue boat is needed at Loch of Skene from April - end of June. With this grant they will be able to offer sailing to local primary schools in the form of activities days or after school clubs, as well as activities for groups such as brownies & cubs in the Summer term.   They will also set up a new disability sailing night.
  • Aboyne Academy Climbing Club: £1,160 which will be spent on new climbing equipment in order to make activities more accessible to a range of physical abilities. Their goal is to extend their ability to use outdoor crags as well as the indoor wall for a greater range of activities including rock climbing and abseiling. They plan to add larger accessible climbing holds to their older wall to facilitate a greater range of users.
  • 1st Fraserburgh Scout Group: £1,970. This will allow them to buy camping equipment so that they can develop their nascent Duke of Edinburgh's award scheme, allowing more of the scouts to take part. As well as the camping equipment it will enable a member of staff to complete their Mountain Leader assessment which is a requirement for to offer the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's award. 
  • Peterhead Sea Cadets (SC023599): £2,000. This money will be a significant portion of the money required to buy the sea cadets a box trailer. They need the trailer to store all the kit required to take children out on the water, as last year their previous store was broken into and equipment was stolen. Storing it in a trailer is both more secure, and also will allow them the flexibility to transport equipment for other unit activities including the unit's annual summer camp, D of E expedition training, fundraising activities and training days for the cadets.
All the groups have undertaken to provide us with updates as the projects get underway so we hope to be able to share news of these soon.

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