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£4.1 million Lottery funds to reduce isolation across Scotland

YOUNG carers, families facing break-up and children recovering from domestic abuse are all set to benefit from over £4,148,891 in grants announced yesterday (OCTOBER 7th) from the Big Lottery Fund. The funding is shared by seven groups all supporting communities and families in greatest need, helping them to overcome isolation and play a full part in Scottish society.

The Glasgow Association for Mental Health receives £678,018 to continue their vital work with young carers aged from 12 years old to 21 years old who are caring for a family member with a mental health problem.

This funding means more young carers will be given the chance to meet and develop friendships with other young people in similar circumstances, giving them a new chance to socialise without having to explain or hide their family circumstance. The confidence gained through taking part in the project not only helps the young people build the skills they need to help them cope now but also encourages soft skills and helps ensure there are opportunities for the young people to move towards a more positive future.

Ailsa Grant, Development worker, Glasgow Association For Mental Health, said,  “The £600k grant will continue our work with those young people aged 12-18 years old over the next five years. This will allow us to extend support up to age of 21 with a programme aimed at building employability and wider skills that will tackle the inequalities of opportunity faced by this vulnerable group as they go into adulthood.”

Vital support for families across Fife living with domestic abuse will continue thanks to yesterday’s award of £666,733 to Fife Council’s Domestic and Sexual Abuse Partnership. This funding means their successful Cedar (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) project will continue for five years. The Cedar approach is a unique way of working with mothers and children, helping them to recover from domestic abuse by finding a safe place while they deal with their experiences and begin to rebuild their lives.

Councillor Margaret Kennedy, Chair of Safer Communities Committee Fife Council, said, “This Cedar project has made a significant difference to the lives of children and young people affected by abuse in Fife. The unique Cedar approach, with therapeutic groups for children and their mothers has been shown to be highly beneficial in mutual recovery., helping children to understand about the hurting within their family and they are not to blame for the abuse.”

Working with those at risk of homelessness in Scotland’s largest city and beyond the Glasgow Homelessness Network (GHN) receives £600,550 to tackle the root causes of homelessness.

Building on their experience and success of their work in this area GHN will work with up to 300 people offering social and practical support to build confidence and the skills required skills to sustain a long-term home.

Pauline McColgan, Development Officer at GHN, said yesterday, “Over 500 individuals at risk of or already experiencing homelessness have gained the skills and confidence to maintain their own tenancies and become active in local communities across Glasgow. Today’s funding means we can reach more people across the West of Scotland, and build individual capacity and the capacity of local communities by harnessing the assets of the easiest to exclude community members.  Enabling the potential of individuals being realised is at the heart of 4Front Learning, and this is what Big Lottery Fund will help us continue to do.”

Focusing on families most in need yesterday’s award of £676,539 to West Lothian Council’s Social Policy Department will mean that those in the most challenging and difficult of circumstances get extra support to rebuild their relationships.  Over the next five years 350 families will be assigned a key support worker who will work closely with them for up to a year to help rebuild relationships and help to maintain routine and sense of stability for children involved offering them a brighter future together.

Jane Kellock, Head of Social Policy West Lothian Council, said, “This award will enable West Lothian Council and a number of Voluntary Sector Partners to work together to provide Whole Family Support to vulnerable families across West Lothian.”

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said yesterday, “Our Big Lottery Fund support focuses on helping people and communities in greatest need. With today’s awards, seven projects across the country will be able to assist some of our most isolated communities to overcome the barriers they face every day. All the funding announced today is going to be truly life changing, whether assisting children experience a childhood similar to their classmates or is helping people stay in their homes and understand how they can better afford to live.” 

Other projects sharing in Big Lottery Fund grants totalling £4,148,891 are:

Liber8 Lanarkshire Limited   £589,052
This project will enable 390 beneficiaries across North and South Lanarkshire to access services dealing with housing, employment, education, training and money management. The group will take a holistic approach, so that the individuals can improve their health and wellbeing, allowing them to move onto positive destinations.

ng homes  £443, 819
This project will work with 240 disengaged and disadvantaged adults, who will have a range of complex barriers, living in Glasgow aged 18 years and over in an employability and personal development scheme.

Changeworks Resources For Life £494,180
This project will support 1050 social housing tenants in Midlothian and the Scottish Borders. The project will help individuals build financial skills, achieve affordable energy and food costs, manage their household budgets, and prevent both the transition into debt and the need for future crisis support.

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 0141 242 1508
Contact: Adele Goodfellow
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Notes to Editors:

  • The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
  • Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.
  • Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £34 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.


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