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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

A service for adults with learning disabilities in central Aberdeenshire is in the process of developing a path to replace its broad walk with help from CALA Homes community bursary.

The Pitscurry Project gives people, who may otherwise feel isolated, an opportunity to socialise and become involved in a variety of initiatives such as growing plants and vegetables, as well as art projects.

The organisation received £900 and was one of 11 local groups to be awarded a share of CALA Homes’ £10,000 community bursary.  Lyndsey Sommer, Sales Consultant for CALA Homes (North), visited the centre to meet staff and the project’s service users.

Aileen Duffus, Senior Day Centre Officer at Pitscurry Day Service, said: “The new path means all visitors to the centre can enjoy the gardens as well as providing vital access for wheelchair users and bikes. The broad walk was in need of repair and this sum from CALA has helped us to progress plans for a suitable alternative.

 “We also plan to create an outdoor gym area for our service users to encourage them to keep active.

 “Members of our group have been working on creating a red squirrel trail by making animal shaped squirrel feeders. They have then ensured food has been left out every day and any sightings of squirrels in the grounds are recorded on a large map of the site.

 “This is just one example of how our surroundings are utilised by our service users and we’re looking forward to the completion of the path so the area is accessible for everyone again.”

Lyndsey added: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Pitscurry Day Service to see the work underway on the project. I can’t wait to see it finished and I’m sure it’s going to be a beautiful pathway from which to take in the peaceful grounds.”

Other successful community bursary applicants include 17th Aberdeen Scout Group, Seaton Community Church,

Aberdeen Riding Club, SensationALL, Community Food Initiative North East (CFINE), Sunrise Partnership, GCRA, Alzheimer Scotland, CHAS, and Aberdeen Science Centre.