£10,000 to create hi-tech company

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A GLENROTHES charity which helps people who have suffered mental health problems back into work has scooped £10,000 in National Lottery cash, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Fife Employment Access Trust has been given the money to foster the creation of a ‘social enterprise’ subsidiary company which would provide a hire service of Bluetooth-enabled desktop touchscreens to other organisations and produce their content in a suitable format.

The scheme would allow users to download material direct to mobile ‘phones free of charge.

It would also pave the way for FEAT to work towards financial sustainability to support its work.

The money was provided through the Big Lottery Fund’s investing in ideas programme.

Duncan Mitchell, general manager of the charity, which is based at Collydean Cottage in Pitmedden Loan, said: “This award will allow us the opportunity to test out the feasibility of a new business venture in the open market.

“We’ve already had a lot of interest and closed some sales and we’re excited about the possibilities.

“Ultimately, our aim is to generate our own income to be less reliant on grant funding and therefore secure the long term future of our charitable work.”

Big Lottery Fund chairwoman, Alison Magee, said it could be challenging for groups to get such projects off the starting blocks.

She added: “Thanks to III, we can offer support at that early stage to help them establish if their idea is feasible and will deliver change in the longer term.”

Glenrothes MP, Lindsay Roy, also welcomed the move.

“I’m delighted that FEAT has secured such a significant sum to help with this ambitious project,” he said.

“I have been working with the group and I know just how valuable the work it does it.”

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