Bursary scheme success

Junior members of the Dunbar Surf Lifesaving Club practising their techniques in the water  (c) Wullie Marr Photography
Junior members of the Dunbar Surf Lifesaving Club practising their techniques in the water (c) Wullie Marr Photography

Good causes in Midlothian are being urged to apply for a scheme recently launched by CALA Homes in partnership with the Advertiser.

Funded and organised by CALA Homes (East) and run in partnership with the Midlothian Advertiser, the CALA Homes Community Bursary will award local charities and causes in the area a share of £10,000, supporting a number of local projects.

Last year, neighbouring East Lothian saw a variety of groups benefit from a similar bursary scheme – one of those being Dunbar Life Saving Club. Based at surfing hot-spot Belhaven Beach, the group received a £750 grant after applying for the bursary. The grant has since allowed them to purchase vital pieces of equipment, which will benefit first-aid and lifesaving training for local youngsters.

Sally Harris, a volunteer with Dunbar Life Saving Club, said: “We have been able to buy mannequins, junior rescue boards and oxygen to deliver first-aid training and vocational courses. The bursary has also helped us look towards our next project. We hope to start a beach patrol which would be a great way of keeping the area safe.

“The application process for the bursary is straight-forward and we would encourage others to apply. The grant has provided us with vital first-aid equipment that will make a difference to the Dunbar area and for all involved with Dunbar Life Saving Club.”

Applications for a share of the community bursary can be downloaded from www.cala.co.uk/bursary-midlothian. The closing date is March 23.