Projects helping children and families in both rural and inner city areas of Scotland are celebrating a share of £165,219 from the Communities and Families fund, an initiative supported by the Scottish Government and the Big Lottery Fund.
Based in Glasgow The Saturday Cafe run a successful ‘Cafe Juniors’ club for local children with disabilities. The youngsters who attend the club have a range of physical, cognitive and communication support needs and the award of £10,000 will allow the group to engage more support workers and offer more activities for the children to take part in.
Project Manager, Caroline Patterson, said: “Thanks to a second year of funding, we will be able to continue and extend ‘The Cafe Juniors’ project which provides a range of fun, exciting activities and equipment for our five to eight age group. The Communities and Families Fund has enabled us to offer more places to disabled children in this age group and engage more staff and volunteers to ensure children who require one to on support can participate in all the activities and have fun in a safe and exciting environment. At the same time their parents and extended care groups will have a short break from care.”
At present there are no weekend play sessions for the families with children under 5 on the Isle of Bute but that’s all set to change after an award of £7,176 to Bute Tiddlers. Now the group will be able to run an additional Saturday session where families can take part in a wide range of activities from indoor soft play to art sessions. Thanks to the funding the group will also be able to run a series of family yoga and healthy eating sessions.
Manager, Nicola Jones, said: “We are over the moon to be able to start offering family weekend play on Bute. This will give Bute the chance to test the need for this type of play service here. This opportunity will give us the time to look at the future of family play and how it looks and works for years to come so we can be sustainable and get it right for our community.”
Announcing the awards Maureen McGinn, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland Committee, said: “The Communities and Families Fund supports projects to give Scotland’s future generations a good start in life. I’m delighted to announce funding for today’s wide ranging initiatives which will develop children’s social skills and learning abilities, creativity and confidence. We’re keen to hear from other groups across the country which could also benefit from this funding. Full details of our simple application process can be found on our website or why not call us on 0300 123 7100 to discuss your idea.’