Finderne Development Trust (FDT) has been granted over £11,000 from the Scottish Government, via Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), from the Supporting Communities Fund to support the Finderne community through the COVID-19 pandemic.
FDT development manager, Pery Zakeri, confirmed the group has been helping to co-ordinate essential support with the help of over 40 local volunteers since March. She said: "Through this funding, we will extend our response by providing English, Maths and spelling workbooks for all local primary school-aged children by working in partnership with Logie Primary School, reimbursing the inspirational volunteers who are providing a great service to their community and provide weekly food parcels to those who need them most. Our food parcels are already helping to feed over 20 residents from the ages of 10 months to 90 years."
"Finderne has more older households than the Scottish average and a fragile rural economy that will be heavily impacted by a loss of earnings. The Supporting Community Fund will ensure that we can help to bring Finderne through the crisis and come out the other end as a stronger community."
She continued, "We've been overwhelmed with stories of the kindness shown by our volunteers which has been deeply appreciated by everyone who has asked for support." FDT was formed in 2018 to drive sustainable rural regeneration of the area, helping to make it socially attractive and economically possible for people of all ages to live and make their livelihoods in the area for the long term.
FDT chairman, Chris Piper, said: "Whilst Covid-19 has changed life as we know it, we are still working to develop our priority projects which include a partnership project with the Dava Way Association to develop the route as one of Finderne’s key recreational assets, bringing fast broadband to the region and developing a community hub."
For more information on how to receive a food parcel please visit -https://findernedevelopmenttrust.com/covid-19-support/free-food-parcels/