Boost for Arran community groups from CalMac

Kilmory Primary School will use their funds to make swimming lessons possible for all pupils.

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Three Arran groups have been successful in securing funding from the CalMac Community Fund, which is delivered in partnership with Foundation Scotland.

The three recipients, Isle of Arran Music School, Kilmory Primary School parent council, and the Umbrella Group, all received the cash boost as organisations which fitted the funding criteria of addressing mental health, improving well-being and social isolation, including encouraging re-engagement with community activity.

The Isle of Arran Music School provides musical opportunities for young people to engage in traditional music and the fund will enable the group to invest in new equipment. The school recognises the challenges faced by some of the young people and supports building confidence, connection, reducing social isolation, and positive well-being through music.

Kilmory Primary School parent council’s award will enable to whole school to take part in swimming lessons, allowing the participants to become confident, safe swimmers who can take improved responsibility when in and around bodies of water.

The Umbrella Group, coordinated by Arran Community and Voluntary Service (Arran CVS), engages people with disabilities, low level mental health issues, people who are socially isolated, and some living in poverty. The volunteers who run the group offer simple craft activities for each session, ranging from making cards and painting to jewellery making. The volunteers help groups members to connect socially.

Gordon McKillop, CalMac’s corporate social responsibility manager, said: ‘The CalMac Community Fund exists to benefit the lives of people living in our communities, and we are continuing to see its impact and value.’


Isle of Arran Music School will use the funds to purchase new equipment.