£88,000 grant will be just the job for hall

Convenor Derek Janes (left) received the key to the hall from LRFCA's Tom Mathew (Lowland Reserve Force and Cadet Association) when 
A Heart for Duns take over the lease for the Volunteer Hall last year.
Convenor Derek Janes (left) received the key to the hall from LRFCA's Tom Mathew (Lowland Reserve Force and Cadet Association) when A Heart for Duns take over the lease for the Volunteer Hall last year.

A Heart for Duns, the group that manages the town’s Volunteer Hall on behalf of the community, has been awarded an £88,660 Big Lottery Fund grant.

That will pay for recruitment of a full-time development manager and a part-time finance assistant over the next three years, increasing the organisation’s capacity and enabling it to develop the Volunteer Hall as a venue for a wide range of events and activities.

A Heart for Duns, a charity, has a small team of part-time staff, supported by members and volunteers.

It runs monthly community lunches and film nights, food and craft markets, a beer festival and Christmas parties and concerts.

Core user groups also put on a busy and varied programme of theatre, music, dance, exercise, sport and fundraising events in the hall.

Derek Janes, convener of the charity, said: “This grant from the Big Lottery Fund is a huge boost to A Heart for Duns at a critical period in the development of our work.

“We will be able to build the business of the Volunteer Hall and work more closely with our regular users to improve the service we offer them.

“The whole of Duns will benefit from this grant, and we look forward to more and more people, groups and organisations using this very special venue.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairwoman Maureen McGinn said: “I am delighted that A Heart for Duns has been successful in securing a Big Lottery Fund grant.

“The funding will make a big difference, and I wish A Heart for Duns every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project for the benefit of its local community.”

Both posts will be advertised, including on the website www.aheartforduns.org