Supporting those most in need

Over £3.1 million will work to strengthen family ties and build confidence among some of Scotland’s most isolated communities, thanks to the latest grants from our Investing in Communities fund.

Victims of domestic abuse, vulnerable mums-to-be and young people with learning difficulties are amongst those people to benefit from the funding which is being shared by eight groups.

Young people with learning difficulties are the focus of a £481,985 award to the CK Connect Project working across central Scotland. This will directly tackle isolation by putting people with learning difficulties at the heart of their own learning.

CK Connect offers young people the opportunity to make new friends, develop new skills and do things they never thought they could. George, now aged 25, found confidence and enthusiasm thanks to the support he’s received from the project in the past. He said, “At the start I couldn’t talk to anyone and I had to leave it to different people to help me out but gradually I built up my confidence and I can now stand up and talk to somebody even if I don’t know them.” George has been able to learn new skills, focusing on his strengths and now he continues to inspire others travelling around Scotland through his current new employment. 

Marilyn Slavin, CK Connect Director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this funding from the Big Lottery Fund for our new peer education project CK Connect. This vital project will focus specifically on benefitting young people with learning difficulties who are experiencing transition to adulthood.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Director, Jackie Killeen, who announced today’s grants worth £3,113,80 from the Investing in Communities programme, said: “Each of the projects funded today has at its heart the needs of people who are often marginalised. We are not only funding financial inclusion projects but we are also supporting women and children affected by domestic abuse, young people with learning difficulties and children with difficult and chaotic home lives.

“It’s vital that this kind of work continues so all these varied groups of people can contribute as fully as possible to our society both now and in the future. The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to fund these projects which can and do make all the difference.”

More information on all of today’s Investing in Communities grants can be found here.

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