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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

CALA Homes (West) has announced the winning recipients of its £15,000 community bursary initiative across the West of Scotland following more than 100 applications for a portion of the generous 2017 pot.

The luxury homebuilder welcomed applications from local charities, community groups and organisations who applied for a share of the bursary across three specific regions with Lanarkshire, Glasgow and East Dunbartonshire each receiving a £5,000 allocation from the total funds.

In total, 20 charities across the three regions were selected to receive support from the CALA funding scheme benefiting a broad range of organisations and community groups which helps make a real difference in and around the local communities it is currently building.

Successful applicants included: “Make a House a Home in East Kilbride, Building Futures and The Kindness Project in Glasgow, C.O.A.S.T (Carers of Autism Spectrum Together) in Hamilton, Seagull Trusts Cruises in Kirkintilloch and Cue and Review Recording Service in Bishopbriggs.

 Liana Canavan, sales and marketing director for CALA Homes (West), said: “We are astounded not only at the amount of entries we received but also the calibre of applications, showcasing some amazing work going on, right here on our doorstep.

 “Community spirit really shone through in all of the entries and it was a difficult process to whittle down the applications to those we truly believe we could make a difference to.

 “We strongly believe that we are not just building houses, we are building homes that belong to a wider community and we hope through the charities and organisations that we have selected this time that we can go some way in helping create a positive impact for many.

 “We look forward to getting out there and meeting the charities and organisations we have supported in the coming months and we thank all applicants for their time and efforts in getting in touch.”

One of the Glasgow winners, Building Futures was set up by Shalinay Raghavan in 2015 to offer women access to the construction industry through training and support. The funding boost will allow the organisation to fit out a new skills hub.

 Speaking at the cheque handover, where she was joined by operations manager Cameron Bauer as well as Ayesha Bibi and Olivia Anderson-Nathan, who have both benefited from support from Building Futures, she said: “We are over the moon to have been selected out of so many amazing applicants.  This money will make a huge difference to the women we already support, and help even more disadvantaged women in Scotland to upskill and explore opportunities in construction.”

 CALA Homes (West) currently has nine developments across the West of Scotland including The Lawns at Thorntonhall, CALA at Kilmardinny in Bearsden and 21 Mansionhouse Road, Glasgow.

 For more information visit www.cala.co.uk or call 01324 600000.