Pictured left to right: Lesley Keenan, Chairperson of Cunninghame Housing Association and Alec Wilkie, Chairperson of Saltcoats Community Action Group
On Thursday 1st December 2022 Lesley Keenan, Chairperson of Cunninghame Housing Association presented a cheque for £1,000 to Alec Wilkie, Chairperson of the Saltcoats Community Action Group.
The Saltcoats Community Action Group has been running for many years, originally set up by the late Martha McNicol to provide Christmas Lights to Saltcoats which then evolved into the Christmas Carnival. The group is now made up of 3 core volunteers Elaine Meney, Tom McCammont and Alec Wilkie who aim to deliver the annual Christmas Carnival in Saltcoats with help from many local groups on the day such as ATC, Sea Cadets, and North Ayrshire Council Community Liaison Officers.
The aim of the group is to provide a day of fun and entertainment on the last Sunday of November allowing families to have a great day out in the town. The event provides a full day of free entertainment, which allows local artists and performers, dance schools and school bands to showcase themselves on the day. The Christmas Carnival event coincides with the towns Christmas Lights Switch On.
The funding provided by Cunninghame Housing Association helped subsidise part of the cost of the Fairground, the Action Group provided the Fairground for the day and then charged individuals a small fee allowing children to go on and off rides as they wished.
“Once again many thanks to all at CHA for your generous donation and it was an incredible day for everyone”.
Alec Wilkie, Chairperson of the Saltcoats Community Action Group
“Given the current climate and the challenges people face we are delighted to be able to provide financial assistance to the Saltcoats Community Action Group supporting a fantastic day for the local community whilst taking away the huge expense for families.”
Lesley Keenan, Chairperson of CHA
The funding for The Saltcoats Community Action Group came from the Associations “Making Our Communities Better Places Fund” which operates throughout the year (1st April to 31st March) until the allocated funding is exhausted.
Please note that the funds for this year are exhausted and application forms will be accepted again from April 2023.
Local Groups or individuals interested in finding our more about the Associations “Making Our Communities Better Places” Fund can do so by following the link below or downloading the application form.