Over £30,000 is being invested today (18 OCTOBER) to give Scotland’s children a better start in life thanks to the grants made by the Communities and Families Fund – a joint venture from the Big Lottery Fund and the Scottish Government.
Children attending Humpty Dumpty Early Years Care in Blairgowrie, Perthshire will benefit from intensive play sessions thanks to today’s grant of £6,048. Over a three month period up to six children, aged between two and three, will have access to play and early learning development which their parents are unable to help them with.
Parents in Pilton will receive bite sized learning while their young children are looked after in a crèche. A grant of £5,295 awarded to the Children & Families Department of Edinburgh Council means they can run this programme for up to a year. While the children attend a crèche at Pirniehall and St David’s Nursery, their parents will be transported to several colleges and schools where they will be taught parenting and wellbeing skills.
A new project in Stirling will give support and advice to parents of young children struggling to cope on their own. Friends of Cornton Nursery will run weekly drop-in sessions with guest speakers, a weekly fruit barra, cookery classes and educational activities thanks to today’s grant of £6,450.
Learning computer skills together is on offer for families in Caldercruix, near Airdrie. A grant of £7,705 means that Caldercruix Youth & Community Development Project can run a beginners class and interactive play course where parents and their young children can learn together.
Ormiston, Inveresk and Salton Residents Association in Dundee run youth club sessions twice a week which are very popular and a vital part of the community. Today’s grant of £5,855 will fund two experienced craft workers who’ll run the Tuesday night class for a year so five to eight year olds can have the chance to explore their creative side.
Jackie Killeen, Director, Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “With almost £6 million still to give out we want to hear from projects that will benefit parents and young children, and give them a good start in life. If you’re a mother and toddler group, a crèche, community nursery or playgroup visit our website at http://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland or call us to find out more on 0300 123 7110.”