Erskine-based veterans charity is a major beneficiary of £5K funding from The Barrack Charitable Trust

Date Posted: 10 Jul, 2024

The Barrack Charitable Trust is donating £52,000 to 25 worthwhile charitable organisations across Scotland, in its latest tranche of donations for 2024.  of the charities are located in and around Glasgow and Renfrewshire.

Major beneficiaries this time around include Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company (SBMC), based in Erskine, Renfrewshire. The charity is Scotland’s leading award-winning social enterprise and a market leader in the production of signs and provides employment, training and support to vulnerable and disadvantaged military veterans and people with disabilities and health conditions. It has received £5,000 towards the running costs for the Accredited Training Centre Project over the coming year, which supports lifeworks employability courses for veterans. 

Robert Lappin, Assistant Director of SBMC said: “I would like to thank The Barrack Charitable Trust for providing a generous donation towards the cost of running our Accredited Training Centre. Glasgow Caledonian University has identified a wide range of positive benefits for the participants of our training programme and we look forward to sharing the findings of the evaluation this summer. This donation means a great deal to us as it means we can support the veterans and other beneficiaries to achieve the qualifications they have put so much time and effort into and it also means we can develop our training and qualification offering. Thank you very much for choosing to support Scotland’s Bravest.”

James Barrack, Trust Chairman added: “We are incredibly honoured to support Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, which is dedicated to providing employment, training, and support to our most deserving community members. We believe in the power of inclusive and empowering opportunities, and we are proud to contribute to a cause that makes a profound impact on so many lives. Together, we can build a brighter future for those who have given so much to us.”

Other charities being supported around Glasgow and Renfrewshire include Deafblind Scotland, Geeza Break, Revive MS Support and Loud’n’Proud from Paisley.

  • Deafblind Scotland, based in Lenzie, has received a £1,500 donation for their “Right to Dreamers” project. This initiative offers deafblind individuals the opportunity to experience the benefits of singing in a choir. Participants will perform at the Deafblind Scotland AGM and later at Glasgow Central Station during the Christmas season.
  • Glasgow-based Geeza Break has received £1,000 for the “Geeza Chance” project, which supports around 48 young people moving from parents to living with other family members. Support is provided over an 11 week period, with 2 overnight residentials
  • Revive MS Support has received £1,500 for help upscale key-stage vocational rehabilitation for 40 people (mainly women) offering a tailored combination of clinical support, information and co-producing a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs.
  • Loud’n’Proud from Paisley offers music education and performance opportunities for young people. The charity has received £1,000 funding to go towards refurbishing their fire-damaged building, resulting in 5 fully soundproofed practice rooms.

Established in 2009 by Knight Property Group Founder and Chairman James Barrack, the Trust aims to assist organisations cope with the decrease in charitable donations for specific projects due to the economic climate faced at the time. In recent times, this has been increasingly vital. The Trust is solely supported by Knight Property Group.