Island project in with a chance of winning funding boost

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The Thig a chluich project is one of only five groups in the STV North area that has been shortlisted to compete for the public vote and up to £50,000 of Big Lottery Fund cash in ITV’s The People’s Projects TV Competition.

Thig a chluich will make a bid for viewers’ support to win the £ 50,000, with the public voting online to decide who wins the prize.

This evening (Thursday 3rd March) Thig a chluich will feature on the STV North 6pm news.

The project focuses on running bilingual play sessions for 0-3 year olds and parents throughout the Western Isles.

It reaches remote and isolated communities where families are restricted to what is available to them and their families.

It’s open to everyone, irrespective of whether they are fluent Gaelic speakers, learners or families who are just beginning to show an interest in Gaelic.

Iona Mactaggart the project manager said: “Our Thig a chluich project aims to reach out to the community and enable parents/carers to come to a relaxed and informal group in their own local area.

“The group encourages the use of Gaelic between parent and child and by keeping it local it means bonds and friendships are formed within families in the same geographical area .

“Bonds which will hopefully be in place right through to their school years.

“Families living remotely can come along and let their children play with new resources, develop self-confidence, enjoy a fun social activity and make new friends.

“If we win, the money will be used to purchase a new transit van which will enable us to travel to more areas on a more regular basis to deliver more fun sessions.

“So vote for us and let us grow!”

To support Thig a chluich - Come and Play visit: website

Online voing is open until noon on Sunday 13th March.