New learning opportunities for more Scots

Disabled people, young care leavers and people affected by homelessness in the West of Scotland are to be benefit from new training, education and employment opportunities, thanks to the Big Lottery Fund and its first awards of 2012.

Eight projects across Scotland are sharing in almost £4 million from BIG’s Investing in Communities fund aimed at supporting those people most in need.

Announcing the funding totalling £3,969,869, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Today’s awards mark the beginning of an exciting and rewarding new year for many people across Scotland who, with that extra bit of support, will be able to realise their full potential. Whether it’s helping young carers to move onto further education; supporting disabled people into employment or giving homeless people the skills and confidence to take charge of their lives this funding will helping many people to strive for a better future. The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to fund these projects which can and do make all the difference.”

People affected by homelessness in Glasgow are to benefit from an award of £388,112 to the Marie Trust, which will provide activities that improve basic skills such as literacy and numeracy, as well as offering careers guidance, volunteering opportunities and work experience.

Disabled people in Glasgow, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire will be supported into work as Momentum Scotland today receives £793,061 for its Strathclyde Momentum Programme.  Over the next three years the programme will identify the training needs of 900 disabled people thereafter helping them to develop their skills and find employment.

Full details on all of the successful projects can be found here

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