MSP welcomes Big Lottery Funding for Aberdeen


North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today welcomed the news that two Aberdeen-based projects celebrating the benefits of migration have received funding through the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme.

The Polish Association Aberdeen will use their £3,700 award to host a series of events celebrating the history and culture of Poland, while Sunnybank Community Centre Association has been awarded £4,925 to support a project celebrating the cultures of people living in the area.

After tabling a parliamentary motion welcoming the announcement, Lewis Macdonald said today:

“It is great news that two projects which celebrate the benefits of migration for the cultural life of Aberdeen have received funding from the Big Lottery Fund.

“The news is particularly welcome today, as MSPs debate the benefits of migration to Scotland at the Scottish Parliament, in recognition of International Migrants’ Day on December 18.

“Both the Polish Association Aberdeen and Sunnybank Community Centre have done great work in their respective communities to make people moving to Aberdeen from other countries feel welcome.

“This support will allow them to continue that good work, and to continue celebrating the benefits migration has brought to Aberdeen.”


Motion tabled by Lewis Macdonald welcoming Big Lottery Funding for the Polish Association Aberdeen and Sunnybank Community Centre Association

That the Parliament congratulates the members of the Polish Association Aberdeen and the Sunnybank Community Centre Association on receiving awards from the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme; understands that the Polish association has been awarded £3,700 to support a series of events in the city to celebrate and commemorate the history and culture of Poland, and that the community centre association will receive £4,925 toward a project celebrating the many cultures of the people living in the Sunnybank area; welcomes the work that both organisations do to celebrate the positive effect that migration has on Aberdeen and Scotland as a whole, and commends everyone involved in organising events to recognise and celebrate the cultures of people who have made Scotland their home.


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