Over 800 Scottish families who have multiple and complex needs are to benefit from £2.6 million from our Improving Futures programme. The funding has gone to three groundbreaking projects which will trial new approaches to family intervention in order to give Scottish children the best start in life.
The projects are among 17 across the UK sharing in the first Improving Futures grants – worth £15.2 million.
Four of Scotland’s leading children’s voluntary sector organisations – Aberlour, Action for Children Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland and CHILDREN 1st will establish a new Early Intervention Team in Dundee, thanks to an award of £900,000. Over the next three years the project will work with Dundee City Council and NHS Tayside to support children and their families most in need, providing them with a seamless and holistic support service.
Three hundred families across Midlothian, including family units such as foster carers, kinship carers and siblings with caring responsibilities, are to benefit from an award of £899,081 to Midlothian Sure Start. In partnership with a range of voluntary sector organisations and Midlothian Council, the project will work with families before they reach crisis point to help them plan for a better future and in turn reduce the likelihood of involving child protection agencies.
Nurturing Inverclyde, a partnership project between Barnardos and Inverclyde Council today receives an award of £898,920. The project will provide intensive support for 300 families across Inverclyde, many of whom have been affected by domestic abuse, mental ill health, addiction, trauma and neglect.
Find out more about about these projects from our latest news release.