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Investing in Communities and People

June 19, 2013

Investing in Communities logoBig Lottery Fund Scotland’s Investing in Communities programme supports projects across Scotland that aim to improve the quality of life for individuals most in need and their families. Last week we announced our latest package of funding worth nearly £3.5m to eight projects which are all helping make a big difference to people’s lives.

Share Scotland was founded by families whose children have profound learning disabilities. They’re using their grant of £524,418 to help young people in West Dunbartonshire progress from school to college and adulthood. Moving On Transitions will help more young people like Caitlin.

People facing spiralling debt will get help from a new Irvine based project and a grant of £246,883. Smart Budgeting from ANCHO will provide support, advice and training to people experiencing financial difficulties and who are struggling to cope. People like Liam.

In Dumfries and Galloway the REVIVAL project from Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland was awarded a grant of £553,576. They’ll now expand their service which provides befriending, peer, home support and counselling support to vulnerable individuals with substance and/or alcohol misuse. Thanks to ADS, Keith Moore has come a long way

Glasgow based Freedom from Torture will be able to help families who have survived torture by providing them with specialist therapy. Young people in Fort William will be given help by Springboard in finding employment and training, while vulnerable children and their families in Dundee and Fife will be able to appreciate the benefits of play thanks to Smart Play Network.

For older people living alone in South Lanarkshire, LEAP’s Community Befriending and Handyperson’s project offers a lifeline to many, including Christine Shields. And in West Lothian, construction is underway on a resource centre which will have many benefits for the community of Kirknewton.

To find out more on these projects and about Caitlin, Liam and others who have benefited please read their stories here Caitlin, Liam and Christine’s stories.

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