Kirkwall BID have received funding of £1,500 from Improvement Districts Scotland, to be used on a project for community benefit. The £1,500 funding award allowed Kirkwall BID to purchase goods in local shops to donate to both the food bank and Age Scotland Orkney.
Items such as a new cordless hoover, coat stands and a nest of tables were gifted to Age Scotland, manager Gillian Skuse said “When BID contacted me I asked people involved in the Dementia Orkney Project what they would like to use the money to buy and they came up with the wishlist. The items we received will make life easier for people living with dementia and their carers when they are in The Hub. All of the great things we received help us to make a homely setting where people can relax and enjoy the space with family and friends.”
Deliveries of toiletries, food and household items were prepared by various businesses in the BID area to support the food bank over the festive period. Rhoda Walker, Secretary to Orkney Foodbank, highlighted the benefits of the donated deliveries “Orkney Foodbank saw its busiest December since opening and were absolutely blown away at the deliveries made possible by the generous BID donated items and the difference it made to the depleted shelves! The items were a mix of food, toiletries and cleaning products - some of which have already made their way into parcels for clients referred to us. On behalf of Orkney Foodbank and the clients who are referred at a time of crisis in their lives we can only express our heartfelt thanks.”
Kirkwall BID hope to continue working closely with Improvement Districts Scotland to deliver projects that benefit local businesses and the wider community.