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The Hibernian Community Foundation has been awarded a National Lottery Community Fund grant of £148,500 to deliver a three-year programme aimed at reducing isolation in Edinburgh among older people.

The funding will allow the project, which is participant led, to deliver a wide range of activities including IT skills, gardening, walking, cooking, music and a holiday programme.

The programme will also provide volunteering opportunities and will engage with almost 400 people across the life of the project.

Brenda Black, Hibernian Community Foundation Manager, said: “We are really pleased to receive this award and it will allow us to continue to build on our community engagement with older people. “Our aim is to build our connections to help improve health and wellbeing and reduce social isolation for older people in our communities.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, added: “I am delighted that the Hibernian Community Foundation has been successful in securing a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund.

“The award will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the Foundation every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of their local community.”