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Lottery cash to help communities in Scotland

A new Lottery fund has been launched to help disadvantaged communities across Scotland.

Organisations will be able to apply for up to five years of funding for projects from the Investing In Communities scheme.

It is part of the Big Lottery Fund, which will invest £400m in Scotland by 2015.

The cash will be used to help people access jobs and bring communities closer.

Lisa Dingwall, from Dalgety Bay in Dunfermline, is among those benefiting from the scheme.

She received support from the Fife Employment Action Team (Feat) after suffering mental health problems.

The 38-year-old said: "For a long time I couldn't even leave the house and I had suicidal thoughts.

"This meant I had to give up my job as a childminder which I loved because the strain was too much - but then I found Feat.

"I met up with my adviser who talked me through what I felt I was capable of doing and the hours I could do.

"It was fantastic to feel like I was human again."

Alison Magee, chairwoman of the Big Lottery Fund in Scotland, said the charity would work over the next five years to make a "positive difference" in the lives of others.

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