GoFibre names first charities to benefit from community fund

Five charities from across the regions of Fife, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders have received funding towards projects from GoFibre and its GoFurther Fund.

The independent Scottish broadband provider selected Heids & Hearts, Tartan Talkers, Bridges Project, Into Work, and Escape Youth Services from over 60 applicants.

The five chosen organisations offer support and services ranging from education and employability services for young people and the disabled community, to social sessions that help tackle loneliness and isolation and after school support and activities for children who come from deprived households.

Heids & Hearts, based in Fife, will receive £2,600. Tartan Talkers, also based in Fife, will receive £3,000. The Bridges Project (pictured above) in East Lothian will be given £3,000, with fellow East Lothian charity Into Work receiving the same amount. Finally, Escape Youth Services in the Borders will receive £3,000.

Neil Conaghan, chief executive officer, GoFibre, said, “These five organisations are already making a difference across their communities, and their incredible efforts reinforce the idea that this kind of grassroots support can genuinely create a better future for the next generation. That’s why it is important for us to recognise and boost the incredible work of charities and organisations across Scotland.

“There has been a clear response from local communities that there is a continued need for the work of organisations like Heids & Hearts, Tartan Talkers, Bridges Project, Into Work, and Escape Youth Services and we are incredibly proud to be able to support them in their mission to continue transforming local lives.”

The GoFurther Fund was unveiled earlier this year in celebration of GoFibre’s full fibre broadband network being accessible to 50,000 premises across Scotland’s towns and villages. The GoFurther Fund allows the broadband provider to support vital projects and groups in areas where GoFibre continues to build its network.