Eight community led projects from across Scotland are sharing in grants worth £3.8 million from our Investing in Communities programme. Among them are two volunteering befriending projects for older people in the Highlands and Orkney, an additional needs school in Glasgow and an employment initiative giving deaf adults in the east of Scotland the skills and confidence to enter the job market.
In Glasgow, a fundraising drive to expand facilities at Maryhill’s East Park additional needs school, has received a boost of £513,906. This will help to create a new £3 million development of four single classrooms for children with the most complex of needs who require one-to-one teaching, a respite centre, accommodation for four young people and an outdoor classroom.
Older people in Orkney and Caithness will be able to make new friendships and connections within their communities as Voluntary Action Orkney and Caithness Voluntary Group receive grants of £502,273 and £283,119 to expand their existing befriending projects.
Meanwhile a training and employment initiative putting deaf unemployed adults in the lead receives a grant of £619,275. Deaf Action will offer a range of support including interview techniques, CV skills, mock interviews and links to potential employers. Each person will also work with a deaf peer mentor to help them through their journey with an individualised support plan.
Explaining the difference the funding will make, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn said: “Each of these projects will put people in the lead helping them to gain new found skills and confidence and making better connections within their communities. In Maryhill, our investment will help East Park create a first class facility for children who have the most complex additional needs; while in the east of the country it will help to combat some of the many barriers to work faced by unemployed deaf adults. Older people living in rural areas within the Highlands and Orkney will also benefit from the friendly conversation and companionship available through befriending.”
Full details of the eight groups sharing in these latest grants can be found on our Big Lottery Fund news and events page.