A Garnock Valley group is celebrating after receiving a £91,458 funding boost.

Barrmill and District Community Association (BDCA) was awarded by the National Lottery Community Fund, previously known as the Big Lottery Fund.

BDCA will use the money to employ a development worker and build on their legacy project. The cash will also help the association to develop their community woodland into an environment for people to enjoy outside activities.

Jean Gilbert, chairperson of Barrmill and District Community Association, said: “Everybody’s over the moon; we’re absolutely delighted. It’s a small village and it’s a big boost for the association. I’m so excited.

“We were knocked back about three years ago [for Lottery funding] and I actually had given up hope of getting it. When they phoned saying we’ve been successful I thought: ‘oh my’. It just shows you if you keep trying, you can succeed.

“What we’re aiming for now is to hopefully get more volunteers. We’re finding it difficult getting volunteers to work in our public park when the growing season comes in.”

Scotland chairperson of the National Lottery Community Fund, Maureen McGinn, said: “Our name might have changed recently but our focus remains the same - funding projects which matter to people and communities.

“Feelings of isolation or loneliness are not just something that affect one particular age group or generation but can become more acute in later life. So, I am delighted that some of this funding will go to projects supporting older people to engage with their local communities and also contribute to them using their skills and experience.”

To volunteer with BDCA, call Jean on 01505 502521.