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AbilityNet Technology Support

It was a great pleasure to meet with one of AbilityNet's local volunteers today, who outlined the work they do in supporting anyone over the age of 55, or those with a disability or medical condition of any age, with technology advice and support at home.  AbilityNet can also offer free training

Churchill Fellowship

I have been asked by Jeremy Soames, grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and Chairman of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to bring to your attention the Churchill Fellowship.  Founded as a memorial to Sir Winston in 1965, the fellowship "supports UK citizens from all backgrounds to travel the w

Small Charities Challenge Fund

If you are seeking funding for a charity project for priority countries abroad, the Secretary of State for International Development, Penny Mordaunt MP, has sent me the following letter containing details on funding opportunities through the Small Charities Challenge Fund.  Best of luck with your

Ayrshire Growth Deal: £240m Funding Secured

I am continuing to work with the Secretary of State for Scotland and local councils on the Ayrshire Growth Deal, and I am delighted to share with you that the UK Government has this week promised £100m to support the twenty-one projects confirmed at our Ayrshire Growth Deal Reception last month. 

A77 Maybole North Gateway to Smithston Resurfacing - Postponed

Update, 1st February 2019: I have received the following update from Scotland TranServ:

Due to adverse weather conditions, it will be necessary to postpone the resurfacing of the A77 between Maybole North Gateway and Smithston.

Ayrshire Growth Deal Reception

I was delighted this evening to bring together Members of Parliament, leaders and chief executives of the three Ayrshire councils and local businesses at the Scotland Office, by courtesy of the Secretary of State.  This was in order to discuss and drive forward progress on the Ayrshire Growth Dea

Ayrshire Growth Deal

After kindly agreeing to my request for an Ayrshire Growth Deal reception, the Secretary of State for Scotland will be hosting this meeting next week.

Scotland's Towns Partnership 'FutureTown' Competition

I have been asked to pass on details of this year's 'FutureTown' competition organised by Scotland's Towns Partnership.  It looks to be a very useful and innovative idea and I would encourage anyone with a proposal to submit it.


Aviva Community Fund Applications

I have been asked to share details of the Aviva Community Fund, which is currently open for applications from local projects until midday on 9th October.  Awards range from under £1,000 up to £25,000 and projects can be entered into one of three categories: Environment, Health & Wellbeing or