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National Lottery boost for Dundee Carers Centre

More support is being made available to people in Dundee who are caring for a loved one as the Dundee Carers Centre today (TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER) receives over £320,000 of National Lottery funding.

Thanks to the award of £326,563 from The National Lottery Community Fund, the Centre will support 500 carers across the city by running support groups, building social networks and helping to breakdown feelings of isolation.

Lucinda Godfrey, CEO, Dundee Carers Centre, said:

“We are grateful that The National Lottery Community Fund is supporting this work and very excited by the possibilities of what it can achieve. At the Centre we continue to be inspired on a daily basis by carers, young carers and disabled people and the contribution that they all make as part of our organisation and in their communities.

“We believe that this approach will enhance this even further enabling us all to learn together, supporting change for individuals, families, services and communities.”

Tracey, 44, from Dundee, who has been a carer for ten years, said:

“As a carer, being involved in the design of the new project didn’t just give me the chance to give something back to the Centre, it gave me the confidence to speak up for myself and for what is right. I’m so happy The National Lottery Community Fund has funded this new project as it will help so many other carers like me.”

Announcing the funding, Maureen McGinn, The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, said:

“I am delighted to announce this National Lottery investment in Dundee so that 500 carers have access to both practical and emotional support over the next three years. This is what they told us they needed to help them in their caring roles.

“As the National Lottery prepares to celebrate its 25th birthday later this year, we are proud to be able to support this great work in Dundee, thanks to the generosity of National Lottery players.”

Last year The National Lottery Community Fund gave out over £48m of National Lottery funding to community projects across Scotland. Over 1130 projects benefitted from this, enabling people and communities to bring their ideas to life. To find out more visit

Notes to Editors

We are the largest community funder in the UK – we’re proud to award money raised by National Lottery players to communities across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Since June 2004, we have made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects that have benefited millions of people.

We are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. At the heart of everything we do is the belief that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of local groups right up to UK-wide charities, enabling people and communities to bring their ambitions to life.

The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland is focused on helping communities across Scotland thrive through its five year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants programme, National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.

Since March 2007 The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland has taken devolved decision on National Lottery spending. The committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, plays a strategic role in the future direction of the Fund in Scotland.

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