Lottery boost for children in East Lothian

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Families in East Lothian are set to benefit from a grant of almost £1m awarded to CHILDREN 1st by the Big Lottery Fund.

The new funding, totalling £966,177, will be used to run Kinship Care Support Services in East Lothian, Ayrshire and Moray and to provide additional national telephone helpline support.

Announced last week, th grant is part of a £7.4m handout to 13 groups under the Big Lottery Scotland’s Investing in Communities programme.

Mary Glasgow, director of children and family services, at CHILDREN 1ST, said: “We are delighted to be awarded this substantial grant by Big Lottery Fund Scotland to allow us to improve hundreds of children’s lives by supporting their kinship carers.

“We will use this funding to set up hubs in Moray, East Lothian and Ayrshire and to ensure kinship carers have access to the wide range of support they need and want to help the children in their care thrive.

“Our services will include advocacy, mediation, and group work, support to help them feel more confident in their parenting, family group conferencing and, where it is needed, intensive therapeutic support.”

Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund chairman for Scotland, said the Investing in Communities programme aimed to support people and communities in greatest need.

“Five of these groups focus on giving support to children and families facing challenging times or who are at a turning point in their lives,” she added.

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