A project working to change people’s attitudes to facial and body disfigurement has received an award from our Investing in Communities fund.
Thanks to their grant of £350,140 Edinburgh based Changing Faces will run a new awareness campaign throughout schools in Scotland to change attitudes towards children and young people with disfigurements. A Faces Equality Advisor will work in schools to identify and address any issues young people are facing.
Monica Duddy, 23, is a member of the charity’s youth group Faces of Scottish Youth and has a large birthmark on her cheek. She said: “When I was younger, a Face Equality Adviser would have been able to guide my teachers on how to make my school inclusive for children like me who were living with a facial disfigurement. I am delighted that that this new role will offer teachers the necessary skills and techniques to develop an educational environment for children with a visible difference to thrive.”
As well as its awareness campaign, Changing Faces will be able to expand their work to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow.
James Partridge, Chief Executive and Founder of Changing Faces, said: “This award will enable Changing Faces to take forward its pioneering plans to promote the self confidence and self esteem of children and young people throughout Scotland who have unusual looking faces, hands or bodies.
“As we set up our new centre in Scotland, from which the project will evolve, we will be working closely with health service staff to ensure that anyone whose appearance is “different” for any reason gets the support and empowerment they need.”
Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, added: ” This unique project will give a range of practical and emotional support to up to 1500 young people throughout Scotland, ensuring they feel less isolated and are seen and recognised, for their personalities and talents irrespective of their appearance. This is a great example of a project making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives and one which we are proud to support.”
Changing Faces was one of 11 projects which recently received funding through Investing in Communities.
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Twenty five groups across Scotland are celebrating a share in over £1 million from the Young Start Fund.
Young Start distributes money from dormant bank accounts to projects who work with children and young people, aged between 8 and 24, to help them realise their potential.
A number of today’s ventures focus on providing training and employment opportunities.
Official qualifications and accreditations, positive lifestyle messages and football coaching sessions are on offer to 14 to 16 year olds in Craigneuk, Wishaw thanks to Motherwell Football Club Community Trust.
Charlie Bennett, General Manager of Motherwell Football Club, said: “We are delighted to receive this award from the Young Start Fund. Starting Futures is an innovative two year programme which will use the power of football to inspire young people and improve their lifestyles, rebuild their confidence, and achieve new skills and qualifications that will improve their employment prospects.
“Participants will follow a personal progression path giving them with a range of skills and qualifications that will lead to work placements, volunteering and employment opportunities. Starting Futures will also deliver lifestyle messages covering alcohol and solvent abuse, diet and nutrition, and sexual health. The funding will allow us to make a real difference to young people’s lives in Craigneuk.
Station House Media Unit (shmu) is a community media group in Aberdeen. Their Youth Media Project will provide creative opportunities for young people, aged 12 to 19 as they learn about all aspects of live radio and television production and broadcasts. The project will help them develop skills including research, writing, presenting and editing media for broadcast.
Murray Dawson, CEO of shmu, said: “‘This is an exciting and dynamic project with huge potential to enhance the lives of young people who will be given support and training in all stages of preparation for broadcast. The ‘live’ aspect offers significant challenges which will be overcome through confidence, good communication, dedication and group work, all of which will arm the young people with a wide range of new skills. We are really looking forward to guiding them in shaping their own futures into something positive, rewarding and inspirational.”
Visit our website for more information on the other projects receiving funding today.
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The Big Lottery Fund in Scotland took the decision to pause Awards for All to new applications from 9th May until 4th August. This allowed us to focus on assessing and administering grants related to building a legacy from the Commonweatlth Games. And we took advantage of the pause to make some positive changes to the programme.
Awards for All Scotland will have a renewed focus on funding smaller organisations with an annual turnover of less that £250k (this does not apply to schools). It will also prioritise applications from organisations which have not received funding from Awards for All Scotland in the previous three years.
We shall also be prioritising projects where beneficiaries are mainly BME, disabled, LGBT, older or carers. However, the main aim of Awards for All Scotland and the types of activity it can suppport will remain the same.
The changes we have been able to make to Awards for All Scotland during its pause mean it will now take less time for organisations to complete our application form. This has been achieved by reducing the amount of information we require from applicants and by incorporating our guidance notes directly into the form for a more streamlined process. These changes will also avoid many delays in the process due to incomplete applications, which in turn will mean good projects being delivered sooner.
The other main change to the programme is that it will now be operated as a partnership by sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund. Creative Scotland will not be a partner in this financial year.
Awards for All Scotland will continue to be a priority for Big Lottery Fund Scotland. Last year we committed £8.9 million to this fund. We expect to commit £9 million during the 2014/2015 financial year. This means that the contribution from the Big Lottery Fund and sportscotland to the programme will remain roughly the same.
We’d like to take this 0pportunity to remind you that 2014 Communities is closing as planned following the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. This programme will be closing to new applications at noon on 29th August 2014. Applications submitted after this time will not be eligible for an award and will not be assessed.
The new version of the Awards for All Scotland application form, including the guidance, can be downloaded from our website at www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/awardsforallscotland from 12 noon today.