Scottish Sea Farms fund brightens Scalloway children's summer – Fishupdate.com

Scottish Sea Farms fund brightens Scalloway children’s summer Published:  06 August, 2013

Dozens of Shetland children will be enjoying day trips over the summer break with the help of a £500 Heart of the Community Trust grant from Scottish Sea Farms.

The Scalloway playscheme is run entirely by volunteers and the money will pay for trips to local attractions. Between 20 and 30 children are signed up for the playscheme this year from Scalloway and the surrounding area.

Julie Jamieson, Playleader for Scalloway Playscheme, said: “Without this funding from Scottish Sea Farms the playscheme wouldn’t be able to run. We try to make the trips as affordable as we can to allow as many children as possible to participate and getting this award means that we can now go on several trips, using the money to pay for the transport which is our biggest expense.

“We will be visiting Sumburgh to see the new Bristow helicopters and up to Sumburgh Head to meet the RSPB wardens. We will then be taking the children on a trip to Lerwick to visit Radio Shetland, the coastguard and the local police station. A trip to Michael’s Wood and the Brae pool is also planned and finally a day in Scalloway visiting Burland Farm, the local museum and the Scottish Sea Farms site. We will also fit in an educational visit to the Shetland Islands Council landfill site and recycling plant which ties in nicely with the children’s recycling projects at Scalloway Primary School.”

Graham Smith, Regional Manager for Scottish Sea Farms in Shetland, said: “Days out during the long summer break from school are important in stimulating and exercising young children. We are pleased that our donation can help create some lasting summer memories for local children.”

Scottish Sea Farms encourages charities and groups to apply to its Heart of the Community Trust throughout the year. The broad aim of the Heart of the Community Trust is to support community projects that will deliver lasting change to local communities and allow them to grow and develop. Awards may be granted to fund projects in the areas of health and health promotion, education and life-long learning, personal development and various community projects that bring benefit.

Application forms for the Heart of The Community can be found on the Scottish Sea Farms website – together with full details of the criteria required.