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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Award for community project

A WIGTOWNSHIRE social enterprise has been recognised at the national Scotland Loves Local Awards.

The Furniture Project, Stranraer, was named as runner-up in the enterprising communities category. It is the second year that the impact of the social enterprise’s work has been recognised at the event.

Organised by Scotland’s Towns Partnership (STP), the Scotland Loves Local Awards reward remarkable work taking place to improve communities, from tackling the climate emergency and encouraging enterprise to transforming streets and creating great places to live.

The Furniture Project’s wide-ranging work includes a cafe which provides free hot meals to those feeling isolated or struggling with mental health issues and teaching employability skills to vulnerable people.

Television presenter Sean Batty, who hosted the awards, said: “The dedication and drive shown by all of our finalists to deliver for their community is simply amazing. The difference they make – day in, day out – is incredible.”

STP chair Professor Leigh Sparks, added: “We should be proud of them, as we should of all the unsung heroes working every day across the country. Their vision, determination, entrepreneurship and creativity is exactly what we need to create a stronger Scotland with more sustainable places in which to live, work and visit.”

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