£475,000 boost for Dundee community projects

£475,000 boost for Dundee community projects





Two projects in Dundee which will help different community groups in the city find new and improved premises have been given a boost today.


Dundee Drug and Aids Project is preparing for a big move following an award of £300,000 from the Futurebuilders Scotland fund managed by Communities Scotland. Dundee could soon also boast a new multi-ethnic centre following a major Futurebuilders Scotland award for Bharatiya Ashram in the city.


Dundee Drug and Aids Project runs a counselling service for people at risk of drug and alcohol misuse, and its employment service helps former substance abusers back in to work.


The project has grown too big for its current premises in Bell Street and the money from the Futurebuilders programme will go towards the cost of moving to the Old Baptist Church in Rattray Street. Once renovated the church, which will become known as The Cairn Centre, will provide a purpose built health and employment centre for those who attend.


The organisation has just won a £1.2 million five-year contract for its services which will be provided from the new centre. Mike Burns, director of the  Dundee Drug and Aids Project said the funding would create a multi-disciplinary centre which will be the first of its kind here in Dundee, ‘a venue where all services can come together to support some of the most disadvantaged in our community.’


Meanwhile Bharatiya Ashram, which works with all communities across the city but more specifically black and minority ethnic groups, is in line for a financial boost totalling £175,000. This means that the group will be able to expand its current services and create a one-stop centre for Dundonians of all ethnic descent.


The money is the first piece of a £900,000 financial package which will allow the organisation to move out of three separate buildings and into new premises in the city’s St Mary Place. Work is due to start on the centre later this month and it is expected to be open for business by April 2007. Dundee City Council has provided the organisation with a 25 year lease on the building.


Jyoti Hazra, of Bharatiya Ashram, thanked the council and Communities Scotland, and said the Futurebuilders award would go a long way to ensuring that this worthwhile project gets up and running as soon as possible.


Source: dundee.gov.uk