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Investing in Communities – latest awards

May 9, 2012

Parents with learning disabilities and older people experiencing rural isolation are amongst those to benefit from the latest grants totalling £4 million from our Investing in Communities fund.

Parents living with a learning disability are to benefit from an award of £520,088 through the Equal Say for Parents project, which supports vulnerable families. Over four years, 120 Glasgow parents can boost their confidence and self-esteem through group activities and training in parenting skills. The project will also help parents to better understand child protection issues and their children’s needs.

Cowal Elderly Befriending Scheme receives an award of £399,320 to improve the lives of older people living in rural areas. Fun social outings, one-to-one support and help at home will be on offer, enabling older people to stay independent in their own homes for longer. From repairing appliances and gritting paths, to emergency shopping or even feeding pets, this new service, delivered by outreach workers, is a welcome new addition to the project.

Announcing the funding totalling £4,366,209, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Today’s awards will fund eleven very different projects across Scotland which share one common aim – helping vulnerable people move onto a more happier and healthier place in their lives. The Big Lottery Fund is delighted to fund this inspirational set of projects.’

For details on all of the latest Investing in Communities grants can be found here.

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