Almost £2.5million for four projects across Scotland

Young adults with learning disabilities, adults with addiction issues, children and young people at risk of offending, and tenants facing debt will benefit from the latest Investing in Communities grants.

Almost £2.5 million has been distributed by Big Lottery Fund Scotland to four projects based in Fife, Edinburgh, Inverclyde and Lanarkshire.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s Investing in Communities programme tackles need and addresses inequalities. Thanks to this vital financial investment these projects can continue to support vulnerable people move towards healthy and active lives.

Young adults with learning disabilities in Lanarkshire will benefit from a grant of £749,063. Windmills Lanarkshire Ltd’s Windmills Cafe offers support and training, and helps provide the skills necessary for independent living. Mentors instruct trainees in food preparation, budgeting, personal presentation and using public transport. Thanks to today’s money the project can move the Cafe into larger, better located premises in the centre of Motherwell, and take on more trainees and staff.

In Fife, Kirkcaldy YMCA’s ‘Plus One’ project supports children and young people at risk of offending, or who have already offended. Trained volunteer mentors keep in touch weekly through discussion and community activity. The aim is to help increase confidence and self esteem and get those at risk of offending actively involved in their education and community. Today’s grant of £355,665 will see the project expand from Kirkcaldy and Levenmouth into Glenrothes, Lochgelly and Cowdenbeath.

You can hear our Scotland Chair talking about the latest grants here:

Full details on the four successful community projects can be found here:

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