MSP welcomes funding boost for local charity supporting people affected by drugs or alcohol

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP, Stuart McMillan, has welcomed a £113,625 grant in his constituency that will help support children, young people and families affected by drugs and alcohol misuse.

Corra Foundation runs the Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) which it funds jointly with the Scottish Government. PDI aims to improve outcomes and life chances for children, young people and families affected by alcohol and/or other drugs. It works in partnership with charities and statutory agencies across Scotland and focuses on preventative and early intervention approaches as well as on listening to children, young people and families.

Barnardo’s, which is based in Greenock and Inverclyde, has been awarded £113,625 towards salaries and costs to provide support to 30 families who have been referred for early nursery placements. It will also help provide parenting support and group work to help parents work towards targeted outcomes.

Commenting, Mr McMillan said:

“I am delighted that Barnardo’s has received funding for the essential work it does. Voluntary organisations provide vital support to children, young people and families, including many who face the most challenging circumstances.

“The voluntary sector is often at the forefront of developing new approaches, closely informed by the views and experiences of the people they support, and helping to achieve lasting change.”

Corra Foundation Chief Executive Fiona Duncan added:

“Corra Foundation is strongly committed to the rights of children and young people, including their right to be listened to and to have opportunities across all areas of their lives. We are hugely grateful to the children and young people who help us make decisions as part of the PDI funding process. Their insights are crucial in making sure funding goes to projects that will make a difference.”

If charities are interested in applying for PDI funding they can find out more on the Corra Foundation website or by calling Corra Foundation on 0131 444 4020.

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