Over £1.7 million has been awarded to five projects across Scotland today from BIG’s Investing in Communities portfolio. The funding will support projects working with some of the country’s most isolated and vulnerable communities.
Allowing children and families who face serious challenges stay together and become stronger, the Circle Scotland Families Affected By Imprisonment Project has been awarded £436,068 today. The project targets children, with fathers who are ex-offenders in North and South Lanarkshire and hopes to create stronger family units as well as offering the fathers advice and support to become better parents.
Chief Executive, Circle Scotland, Liz Dahl said: “I am delighted that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded funding to Circle’s Families Affected by Imprisonment project. This award will help us to make a huge difference to the lives of children and families affected by imprisonment.”
Dad of six Robert Scott, of Hamilton was released from prison in January this year after serving four and half months for assault. He has been supported by Circle Scotland to ensure that his imprisonment does not lead to bleak future for his family. He said:
“I was talking to my support worker, Graeme, when I was inside and what helped and made being away from family a little less stressful was that I knew he was helping them with advice and support while I was away. I’m on the straight and narrow now and I don’t want to have to be away from my family again.
“When I was inside I developed a drug problem but when I came out it was Graeme who took me to the docs and got me the help I needed. In the Summer he worked with my partner and me to get two of the children a holiday and now he’s helping me to try and find work. I want my kids to see that their dad made a mistake but they don’t all have to pay. Graeme’s the difference that means I can do that.”
There’s more information about BIG Scotland and today’s funding announcement here.
Other projects funded today are:
Aberdeen Cyrenians grant of £328,473 for the Violence Against Women (VAW) project, Aberdeen
The project aims to offer a single source of support for women aged 16 and over to help overcome their individual barriers caused by or relating to abuse they have suffered which can include; homelessness, substance misuse, health issues, prostitution, unemployment.
Cobhair Bharraigh grant of £160,549 Continuing Cobhair Care for Carers in the Community project, Western Isles
This project will provide support to assist older people to retain their independence at home and support carers to better manage their caring situation. The centre will also provide a base for Carers to receive support in their caring role. The organisation is affiliated to Crossroads Care.
Reachout With Arts in Mind a grant of £575,492 for the Artn’Mind social enterprise project in Clackmannanshire
The group can now set up their own not-for-profit business – The Makers Gallery & Bistro – a cafe and art gallery, in a newly refurbished centre in the town to help those experiencing mental ill heath to get training and gain on the job work experience.
Easterhouse Citizen’s Advice Bureau a grant of £237,691 to establish their Financial Management Project, Glasgow
A welfare benefits service based at Cranhill Community Project for refugees which can offer needed is early intervention as well as crisis care, working with clients in the longer term to develop their skills and the confidence to manage their finances.