Media Release: Volunteers scoop BT grants for 24 Scottish community groups

COMMUNITY groups and charities across Scotland – where BT employees volunteer their time and skills – are being awarded grants totalling thousands of pounds.

BT is making the grants through its employee recognition scheme, the 2012 BT People Awards. The awards recognise BT’s volunteering heroes who give large amounts of their time to their local communities.

Twenty four groups in Scotland have received grants to continue their excellent work in the community, including: Barnardo’s in Dundee, Kilsyth Athletic Football Club in Glasgow, Cavalry Park Sports Club in Edinburgh and Inverness Skating and Ice Dance Club in Avoch. A full list of the winning groups is below.

Brendan Dick, BT Scotland director, said: “We were really impressed with the calibre of applications we received; the judges certainly had a hard time. The People Awards really highlight the fantastic work that BT people are doing in their communities and provide a great opportunity to reward their chosen community group or charity.”

Caroline Waters OBE, BT director of people and policy, said: “It’s great to see so many BT people using their professional skills to help others and bringing value to the community groups they work so closely with through our volunteering programme. Of course, it’s also a great development opportunity and BT benefits from the new skills, experiences and perspectives that our volunteers gain by being an active part of their local community.”

Two hundred and twenty-eight applications were received for the round of grants and 191 applicants received awards totalling £55,000. Each grant may be up to a maximum value of £1,000.

Applications were submitted by BT people from all over the world including Malaysia, the Republic of Ireland and the USA. These included a wide range of community organisations, from conservation groups to underwater hockey clubs, illustrating the wide variety of activities BT people are involved with.

For more information and to see a complete list of the latest award recipients please visit:

The winners in Scotland are:

  • Barnardo’s, Dundee, DD3 6HG
  • Carpathian Aid, Dundee, DD5 3BD
  • Tayport Thistle Football Club, Tayport, DD6 9DX
  • Gracemount High School Parent Council, Edinburgh, EH16 6TZ
  • Lothian Area Board of Young Enterprise Scotland, Edinburgh, EH12 5EP
  • Tanfield Bowling Club Junior Section, Edinburgh, EH3 5NY
  • Cavalry Park Sports Club, Edinburgh, EH15 3ST
  • Cockenzie and Port Seton Amateur Radio Club, Musselburgh, EH32 0EE
  • Dumbarton Riverside Football Club, Glasgow, G82 3QH
  • 121 Clarkston Glasgow Scout Group, Glasgow, G76 8RZ
  • Giffnock Soccer Centre, Glasgow, G44 5TT
  • Glasgow Ansar, Glasgow, G41 5PP
  • Kilsyth Athletic Football Club, Glasgow, G65 9LA
  • Westerton United 1998s Football Club, Glasgow, G61 4HJ
  • Highland Rugby Football Club – Youth Section, Inverness, IV3 5SS
  • Inverness Skating and Ice Dance Club, Avoch, IV3 5SR
  • Dunbeth Football Club, Airdrie, ML6 6TF
  • Dunipace Primary Parents Association, Denny, FK6 6LS
  • 1st and 2nd Carron Brownies, Falkirk, FK2 8PY
  • Falkirk Football Community Foundation, Falkirk, FK2 9EE
  • Steins Thistle Club, Falkirk, FK4 1UE
  • First Touch Football Coaching, Greenock, PA16 7QG
  • Milton Rovers Youth Football Club, Carluke, ML8 5BZ
  • St. Johns Church Longside, Fraserburgh, AB42 4XP

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