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Community Windpower continues to support Scottish Seabird Centre

Scottish Seabird Centre (c) Rob McDougall

In 2020 our joint Covid-19 crisis fund with BeGreen Dunbar provided the independent Scottish Seabird Centre with a £2,500 donation at a critical time in the charity’s future.

The money was used to help provide a vision to children about how we can keep our marine environment healthy, wildlife-rich and allow it to be enjoyed by everyone.

Now we’re providing a further £2,500 to the charity fund project to enable older people to access and benefit from their local marine and coastal environments via digital resources, structured life-long learning and citizen science.

Charlotte Bray, fundraising manager at the Scottish Seabird Centre, said: “The funding is a vital part of the production of wellbeing packs for older audiences, especially those who are living alone, shielding, living in care homes or experiencing Dementia.

“The packs will include podcasts, videos, animations, downloadable activities, reading and watching lists, and online talks.

“This project will help remove barriers to engagement experienced by people aged 65+ who may lack confidence and opportunity to access their local ‘blue’ (coastal/marine) spaces.

“We are grateful to everyone’s support, including Community Windpower and BeGreen, which has made it possible for us to continue our work.

“We’ll be keeping everyone updated on the progress of our education, conservation and science engagement programmes in the coming months.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates the Aikengall Community Wind Farms in East Lothian, said: “The Scottish Seabird Centre is a fantastic facility that provides invaluable education on the environment and conservation.

“It provides so many people with a real-life experience of the wonders of nature around Scotland’s coast and when Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar were approached again about supporting it in 2021 through our Covid-19 crisis fund we didn’t hesitate to help.

“We hope our funding can help make a small difference to the Seabird Centre and the older audience who can benefit from the amazing benefits that nature can bring.”

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