Cash for wellbeing project, bereavement charity and sports association

Perth Common Good Fund committee was presented with a range of applications when councillors met virtually last week.

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A wellbeing project, bereavement charity and sports association have been given funding boosts from Perth and Kinross Council.

Perth Common Good Fund committee was presented with a range of applications when councillors met virtually on Monday, October 4.

Councillors unanimously agreed to provide funding for all the applications put before them.

Among the applications was a request from the PKAVS Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub.

Based in the Walled Garden and Wisecraft, the hub supports local residents aged 16 and over experiencing poor mental health and wellbeing.

The hub supports approximately 300 people in their recovery journey through a range of activities to increase their resilience, confidence and skills.

Funding was requested to support the launch of a new project called Speak Over Stigma.

Councillors agreed to award £800 towards materials and equipment to create a short film based on client experience of mental wellness or illness.

A grant of £3000 was awarded to Perth and District Badminton Association, which is seeking to hold the Scottish National Badminton Championship in February 2022.

The 2021 event was cancelled but it is hoped Scotland’s top badminton players will descend on the Fair City next year to compete to be the best in the country.

The report before councillors said: “Having this event in Perth will enable local clubs, schools and residents to see Scotland’s top players in action and the association intends to re-run a mixed gender, under 11s event in conjunction with the championship to allow local children to participate too.

“There are also plans to work with Perth College UHI, giving students the
opportunity to attend the event to gain some practical experience in sports
journalism.

“It is also likely that there will also be a coaching education element to the event, to help develop more local coaches.”

The event is due to take place next February 4-6 with hundreds expected to attend.

Finally, a grant of £619 was awarded to Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland (CBCS) to go towards resources and furniture for the charity’s Perth offices now clients can be met in person.

By local democracy reporter Kathryn Anderson

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