“This is good news for Inverclyde and especially good news for everyone who relies on the services that these groups provide,” said Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP – Greenock & Inverclyde).
The Big Lottery Fund Scotland has announced that over £1.3 million in funding has been awarded to three Inverclyde groups. Ardgowan Hospice Limited, Inverclyde Women’s Aid and Barnardo’s are amongst 60 groups from across Scotland sharing in £17 million.
Ardgowan Hospice Limited, based in Greenock, will transform its day support and home care services, thanks to a grant of £448,328. This will change the way in which people living with a life-limiting illness are able to use and interact with the hospice. The organisation will create local community hubs and will provide a day support service from local community venues. It will also increase the available hours of its home care support and will increase its use of digital communication to enable the organisation to reach out to more people.
Barnardo’s received a £360,000 grant from Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Communities Supporting 21st Century Life. This project will develop a new service which will provide early intervention and intensive support to families in Inverclyde with children up to the age of five who have been diagnosed with, or are awaiting diagnosis of a disability. Barnardo’s Inverclyde Support Team will support the project which seeks to engage with families who are less likely to access services and are most at risk of isolation.
Children and mothers affected by domestic abuse will get the support they need to move on with their lives, thanks to a grant of £552,909 to Inverclyde Women’s Aid. Over the next five years the organisation will support up to 660 children and young people and their mothers, guardians and carers through their CEDAR (Children Experiencing Domestic Abuse Recovery) programme. This will help to strengthen family bonds and improve the emotional and social development of vulnerable children and young people.
Stuart McMillan MSP added:
“This funding will allow these groups to expand their services.
“I welcome this funding to Inverclyde from the Big Lottery Fund, it is clear that this funding is having a positive impact on local groups.
“I would like to congratulate all the groups who have been successful with their funding applications and encourage all groups in Inverclyde to look into this source of funding to see if it could help their organisations.
“I have lodged a number of motions in the Scottish Parliament to congratulate the successful groups”.