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22/12/14 00:01

Charities receive £14.7 million funding

Support for children and families organisations confirmed for 2015-16.

Children and families across Scotland are set to benefit from funding awards totalling almost £15 million, announced by the Acting Children’s Minister today.

The funding has been awarded to 132 voluntary organisations which aim to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities for children and young people across Scotland and their families and communities that support them.

Confirming the funding allocations for 2015-16, Acting Minister for Children and Young People Fiona McLeod said:

“The Scottish Government is committed to creating a fairer Scotland and reducing inequalities, and supporting families is key to achieving that aim. I’m pleased we can invest further funding in these organisations to continue their fantastic work supporting children and families across Scotland.

“From vital childcare and youth work projects, to counselling and learning support, the work of these organisations is wide ranging, helping ensure our children get the best start in life. I’ve visited the Yard Adventure Centre in Edinburgh and have seen first hand the excellent work they do to support families.”

The funding is allocated through both the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF) and Strategic Funding Partnerships which began in 2013.

In the first year of the TSEIF alone, more than 3,500 families facing challenges were supported through project work.

The Yard Adventure Centre in Edinburgh is one organisation which has received funding through the TSEIF. It provides supported play and recreational activities for children with multiple and complex additional support needs. Since the TSEIF grant began, there has been an increase in the number of new families using the centre and the funding has enabled them to increase their opening hours at the weekend.

Celine Sinclair, Chief Executive of Scotland Yard Adventure Centre said:

“We are delighted to receive funding from the Third Sector Early Intervention Fund for a further year. The funds will support our weekend and holiday family sessions which provide both emotional and practical support to families with children with additional support needs. The sessions run every weekend and throughout the school holidays and give children and young people a safe and dynamic play space that meets their needs.

“Our parents often refer to our family sessions as a real lifeline, and we are very grateful for this support.”

The Daisy Chain Early Years Project run by Crossreach in Govanhill works with children from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop core play and parenting services, linking families together and breaking down barriers associated with race, language and isolation.

Viv Dickenson, Director of Children and Family Services at Crossreach said:

“We are delighted to hear the news of continued TSEIF funding for our Daisy Chain Project. The project offers a range of supports to hundreds of families with young children in the Govanhill Community including play, parenting, literacy and healthy living. The staff and volunteers work alongside other faith and community groups to alleviate the impacts of poverty in the area and to help families from a diverse range of backgrounds to connect with each other and feel less isolated.

“The funding will also allow us to build on the positive relationships established with Roma families in the area and to better understand their particular challenges so that we can help them work together on solutions. Recently one Mum told us ‘Daisy Chain inspires me and shows me new ways of spending time with my child’, and we know that today’s announcement will be warmly welcomed by all of our families.”

Earlier in 2014 the Scottish Government established a short-term working group to advise it on how the current funding arrangements supporting the Third Sector could be refined in the future.

Notes to editors

The Third Sector Early Intervention Fund was launched in December 2012 with awards beginning from May 2013. It was originally intended to operate for two years, but has been extended to March 2016.

A Strategic Funding Partnership is an agreement between the Scottish Government and a third sector organisation. The agreement is focused on the delivery of one or more Scottish Government outcomes, where the organisation is uniquely placed to assist with delivery and improve outcomes for children, young people, adults, families and communities. SFPs were also extended until March 2016 earlier this year.

Organisations receiving funding under the SFPs are:

Birthlink - £55,000

British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Scotland - £107,000

The Mentor Foundation UK (Mentor) - £50,000

Genetic Alliance UK - £31,000

Hearts and Minds - £12,000

Article 12 in Scotland - £62,000

Capability Scotland - £72,895

The Alliance Scotland - £53,500

Sense Scotland - £67,000

Sleep Scotland - £100,000

Scottish Youth Parliament - £325,000

Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens - £10,000

Dyslexia Scotland - £48,500

Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) - £25,000

Lead Scotland - £142,500

Learning Link Scotland - £65,000

Scotland's Learning Partnership - £37,500

Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) - £65,000

Scottish Community Development Network - £15,000

Workers' Educational Association - £290,000

Girlguiding Scotland - £60,000

John Muir Trust - £17,500

LGBT Youth Scotland - £75,000

Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs - £66,000

Scottish Environmental & Outdoor Education Centres Association - £70,000

The Boys' Brigade - £60,000

The Girls Brigade in Scotland - £60,000

The Iona Community - £10,000

The Princes Trust - £148,000

The Scout Association - £60,000

Woodcraft Folk - £17,500

YWCA Scotland - £75,000

Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) - £47,617

National Day Nurseries Association - £82,340

Comann nam Pàrant (Nàiseanta) - £90,000

Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland - £42,500

Families Need Fathers Scotland - £10,000

Fathers Network Scotland (FNS) - £42,500

Parent Network Scotland - £100,000

Working On Wheels - £42,500

Family Service Unit Scotland (Circle) - £70,000

Relationships Scotland - £1,725,000

The Spark (Previously Scottish Marriage Care) - £585,000

Asthma UK Scotland - £10,000

Partners in Advocacy - £33,000

Organisations receiving funding under the TSEIF are:

Action for Sick Children Scotland - £77,271

Adoption UK in Scotland - £44,836

Afasic Scotland - £86,050

Befriending Networks - £47,120

Black & Ethnic Minority Infrastructure in Scotland - BEMIS Scotland - £180,653

Child Bereavement UK - £117,233

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in Scotland - £133,064

Children in Scotland - Working for Children and their Families (CiS) - £392,372

Community Care Providers Scotland - Coalition Of Care And Support Providers In Scotland - £22,511

Community Law Advice Network - £114,458

Contact a Family Scotland - £81,851

Down's Syndrome Scotland - £45,138

Edinburgh Cyrenians - £240,670

Enable Scotland - £51,870

Families Outside - £101,500

Fast Forward - £98,311

Govan Law Centre (Education Law Unit) - £116,431

Home-Start UK - £196,979

Mellow Parenting - Fathers & Parents with Learning disabilities - £166,929

Mellow Parenting Very Early Intervention Project for Parents to Be - £89,484

NSPCC - £160,000

One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) - £113,795

Parents Early Education Partnership (PEEP) - £109,874

Play Scotland - £220,160

Quarriers - £44,308

Rape Crisis Scotland - £226,240

Re-Solv - £48,430

Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (Children 1st) - £271,890

Royal Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children RSSPCC - Parenting across Scotland (Children 1st) - £167,630

Save the Children - £101,492

Scottish Child Law Centre - £101,660

Scottish Childminding Association - £211,426

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs- Strand 1 - £171,984

Scottish Mentoring Network - £136,137

Scottish Out of School Care Network - £184,530

Scottish Pre-School Play Association - £226,525

Scottish Throughcare and Aftercare Forum (STAF) - £159,015

Scottish Women's Aid - £102,150

Smart Play Network - £93,022

Stepping Stones for Families - £82,593

The Breastfeeding Network (BfN) - £49,128

The Children's Parliament - £145,270

The Church Of Scotland CrossReach – Children, Young People and Families Directorate - £107,660

The Duke of Edinburgh Award - £50,000

The Fostering Network (Fosterline Scotland: Early Intervention through Advice, Advocacy and Mediation) - £74,236

The Fostering Network Scotland - £65,924

The National Autistic Society - £36,846

The Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance - £39,555

Together (Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights) - £31,460

Who Cares? Scotland - £212,400

YMCA Scotland - £75,429

Youth Scotland - £206,143

YouthLink Scotland - £129,210

3D Drumchapel - £43,200

Aberlour and Quarriers: Growing2gether - Early Years/Early Intervention Service - £127,855

Aberlour Child Care Trust (Aberlour Bridges Glasgow: evidence-based early-intervention model) - £145,281

Action for Children (Family support volunteering project) - £114,917

Action for Sick Children Scotland - £96,065

Argyll and Bute Rape Crisis - £43,862

Barnardo's Scotland - You First - £232,790

Care and Learning Alliance (CALA) - £51,981

Childcare First Limited - Ready, Steady, Restore - £95,836

Drugs Action - Families First - £47,277

Edinburgh Young Carers Project - £36,000

Families Outside - Addiewell Prison Visitors' Centre - £33,645

Kindred Advocacy - £63,384

Midlothian Sure Start - £31,382

MindMosaic Counselling and Therapy - Providing Therapeutic support for children and young people. - £66,491

One Parent Families Scotland (Supporting Scotland's Children and Fathers) - £240,355

Open Secret - £97,613

Play Alloa: STEP UP Project - £52,974

Positive Help-Children & Young people's (C&YP) Services - £25,317

Quarriers (Opt-In Early Years Project) - £103,262

Rape & Sexual Abuse Centre Perth & Kinross - £34,392

Saheliya - £62,696

Scotland Yard Adventure Centre (The Yard - Families Project) - £32,834

Scottish Childminding Association - £38,124

Scottish Spina Bifida Association ("Be All You Can Be" Project) - £80,474

Sense Scotland (Early Years Advisory Service) - £84,450

St Andrew's Children's Society (SACS) - SafeBase Parenting Programme - £40,275

The Butterfly Trust - Social Support for people affected by Cystic Fibrosis - £80,620

The Church of Scotland Social Care Council - Daisy Chain Early Years Project - £111,896

The Church of Scotland Social Care Council - Postnatal Depression Services, Lothian - £41,834

The Moira Anderson Foundation - £25,013

The National Deaf Children's Society (Your Child Your Choices) - £98,035

Tourette Scotland - £23,600

Waverley Care (African Health Project Children and Families) - £53,585