Projects helping children and families in both rural and inner city areas of Scotland are celebrating a share of £165,219 from the Communities and Families fund, an initiative supported by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund.
Based in Glasgow The Saturday Cafe run a successful ‘Cafe Juniors’ club for local children with disabilities. The youngsters who attend the club have a range of physical, cognitive and communication support needs and the award of £10,000 will allow the group to engage more support workers and offer more activities for the children to take part in.
Project Manager, Caroline Patterson, said: “Thanks to a second year of funding, we will be able to continue and extend ‘The Cafe Juniors’ project which provides a range of fun, exciting activities and equipment for our five to eight age group. The Communities and Families Fund has enabled us to offer more places to disabled children in this age group and engage more staff and volunteers to ensure children who require one to on support can participate in all the activities and have fun in a safe and exciting environment. At the same time their parents and extended care groups will have a short break from care.”
At present there are no weekend play sessions for the families with children under 5 on the Isle of Bute but that’s all set to change after an award of £7,176 to Bute Tiddlers. Now the group will be able to run an additional Saturday session where families can take part in a wide range of activities from indoor soft play to art sessions. Thanks to the funding the group will also be able to run a series of family yoga and healthy eating sessions.
Manager, Nicola Jones, said: “We are over the moon to be able to start offering family weekend play on Bute. This will give Bute the chance to test the need for this type of play service here. This opportunity will give us the time to look at the future of family play and how it looks and works for years to come so we can be sustainable and get it right for our community.”
Announcing the awards Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: “The Communities and Families Fund supports projects to give Scotland’s future generations a good start in life. I’m delighted to announce funding for today’s wide ranging initiatives which will develop children’s social skills and learning abilities, creativity and confidence. We’re keen to hear from other groups across the country which could also benefit from this funding. Full details of our simple application process can be found on our website or why not call us on 0300 123 7100 to discuss your idea.’
Previously we’ve told you about the three approaches we’d like to see in our new funding portfolio – vital support, prevention and community-led and the conversations we’ve been having with a range of people to test ideas, gather opinion and consider options.
This month we’ve been busy continuing conversations and factoring what we’ve heard into the new funding portfolio discussions.
We’ve hosted five roundtables. A couple have been general discussions but others have focussed on key areas we wanted to interrogate further.
We’ve asked representatives from BME communities what they believe are the strengths in their communities and where we could do more to support activity.
We’ve held another meeting of our Reference Panel. The Reference Panel is made up of applicants and grantholders from across Scotland and at the most recent meeting they shared their thoughts on the funding process, from application through to project closure and discussed the themes of ‘Place’ and ‘People-led’.
‘Place’ and ‘People-led’ are words that we’ve found ourselves coming back to time and again. They relate to the main principle that is driving our new funding portfolio development, this being ‘People in communities at the heart of everything that we do’. We’re very much aware that these words mean different things to different people and we are exploring these in our ongoing conversations with stakeholders. Clarity and simplicity are also important to us during the funding portfolio development. This applies not only to defining what we hope to achieve over the next five years but also in the creation of application processes and materials. This is an area of work that is scheduled to start in earnest in March.
There’s still a lot of work to be done but we’ll keep you up-to-date with progress.
You can email your thoughts on the development of our new funding portfolio to Scotland.firstname.lastname@example.org
You can follow the journey to our new portfolio and comment on Twitter #2020funding or on Facebook, Big Lottery Fund Scotland
You can also follow the journey by subscribing to bigblogscotland.org.uk
Finally, you can leave comments at the bottom of this blog
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has issued a call for evidence on the balance of Society Lotteries, the National Lottery and gambling products in raising funds for good causes. They are keen to hear views from organisations and individuals that have benefitted directly or indirectly from good cause funding and who may be affected by changes to the current arrangements. Check out the consultation for further information, the closing date is 4 March 2015.