COMMUNITY projects in Dumbarton and the Vale have benefited from a recent cash boost thanks to the National Lottery.

A total of 144 projects across Scotland are sharing more £1 million of good cause cash aimed at helping bring communities together.

The projects, many of which combat feelings of loneliness and isolation are sharing the money from National Lottery Awards for All Scotland, that provide grants of between £500 and £10,000.

SKapade Inspirational Development Solution CIC will deliver creative digital workshops for young people aged between 12 and 24 years of age with the £6,915 they have received.

And the Kinship Carers Support Group has been given a grant of £6,228 to continue providing caravan holiday breaks in Wemyss Bay for kinship carers, children and their families experiencing traumatic times.

Micheleine Kane, chair of the group, said: “The grant will subsidise this year’s fees and costs and we are delighted that we can carry on providing this to families who love the tranquility and beautiful setting of the van.

“We are delighted we are able to continue this vital and much used commodity.”

Old Kilpatrick Community Council will be holding a community event marking the centenary of World War One with the £845 they were awarded.

And West Dunbartonshire Council will be holding an adult learners’ event to discover, celebrate and share experiences of learning with the £2,080 they received.

Local MSP Jackie Baillie said: “I want to thank all of the staff involved who provide so much support to individuals and community groups across West Dunbartonshire.”

To find out what National Lottery Awards for All Scotland could do for your community visit or call 0300 123 7110.