SIX community projects in the Wee County have received a share of funding from the National Lottery.

Across Forth Valley, 13 groups are sharing in £318,529 of funding raised by National Lottery players to help Scotland's communities adapt and recover from Covid-19.

In Clacks, The Wee County's Men's Shed, The Gate Charity, Vital Spark Racing, Hawkhill Community Association, Forth Valley Radio and Forth Valley Men's Shed all received a share of £42,379.

The Wee County Men's Shed, located in Tillicoultry, will use their award to rewire their rented premises after an award of £10,000.

Jon Searle, chairman of the group, explained the difference the repairs will make.

He said: "We moved into our current home a few years ago, it's an old woollen mill and at the time was in dire need of some tender loving care.

"Gradually we have refurbished it, at first just to make it habitable and usable.

"Our next project was to upgrade the temporary wiring.

"We had installed some temporary wiring to provide basic electric power for the workshop, but this needed to be upgraded to comply with modern safety regulations and provide more connectivity for the increasing number of lathes, drills, saws, and other woodworking and metalworking machines we have acquired.

"So, what can we do that we could not do before? We can operate more machines simultaneously, we can operate machines that need a three-phase supply but, most importantly, we can operate these machines safely.

"I am very glad of the help that The National Lottery provided to enable us to complete this work."

Across the country, 246 community projects are today sharing in £10,922,832 from the National Lottery.

Kate Still, The National Lottery Community Fund's Scotland chair, said: "It's great to see such a variety of projects being funded across Forth Valley to help local people adapt and recover from the physical and mental health impacts of Covid-19.

"National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference, connecting local people to others in their communities."