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West Lothian Community To Benefit From 10000 Arise Funding

Thursday, 01 July 2010


ARISE - the Alliance to Reward Initiatives and Social Enterprise - is backed by Land Securities, the property company involved in The Centre shopping destination and neighbouring Livingston Designer Outlet.


The initiative is designed to give assistance to activities that benefit the local community - with both organisations and individuals from the West Lothian postcode area eligible to apply for awards of up to £1,000. In its first year a fund of £10,000 is available.


Alison Niven, director of The Centre, and Bryan Barbour, centre manager at Livingston Designer Outlet, will form the board which will oversee the initiative.


Alison said: "Our aim is to provide funding for initiatives that will go some way towards improving the quality of life for people living in West Lothian. In many instances applicants are not looking for large amounts of money, but the level of help that we are able to provide can make a big difference."


The initiative has received support from a number of pillars of the West Lothian community, who have given their time on a voluntary basis to run the project.  All requests for funding will be considered by an independent awards selection committee, chaired by Duncan Walker, president of West Lothian Chamber of Commerce. On the committee are Mhairi Laughlin, principal and chief executive of West Lothian College; Alistair Shaw, West Lothian Council's head of area services and Linda Riddell of Cameron Riddell Associates.


Duncan Walker, chair of the ARISE committee, said: "There is an increasing desire amongst large companies to become more involved in socially responsible activities, and ARISE provides the perfect opportunity to make a real difference to the West Lothian Community.


"Myself and my fellow committee members are delighted to be involved in this exciting project which will give a helping hand to groups and individuals taking part in a wide range of local projects - from sporting activities and environmental initiatives to youth development and education and training."