Vulnerable first time mothers and families in financial hardship are amongst those to benefit from the latest awards from our flagship Investing in Communities fund. Over 4 million has gone to nine Scottish groups to help them address the issues that matter in their local communities.
A successful pilot project targeting disadvantaged Glasgow families in and around school activities is set to expand, thanks to an award of £606,242. The School Gates – Gateway to Success project is run by the Glasgow Regeneration Agency in partnership with Glasgow City Council Education Services and Jobcentre Plus. With its Investing in Communities funding project advisors working in schools and nurseries in some of Glasgow’s most deprived areas will provide 900 parents and carers with a range of training and learning opportunities. These will include financial advice and budgeting, support with basic literacy and numeracy skills and help with accessing employment.
Vulnerable mothers in South Lanarkshire with children under three years of age will also benefit from the latest grants. NHS Lanarkshire receives £500,071 to expand its First Steps programme which will train a number staff to help mothers to prepare for the arrival of their child, as well as providing advice during the early stages of their child’s development. The project will cover a range of issues including improved parenting skills, encouraging play, establishing routines, safety in the home and signposting mothers to specialist advice services in their local areas.