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Last updated: 2.07pm, Tuesday 28th June 2016 by

The Big Lottery Fund Scotland today (Tuesday 28 June) announced over £1.3 million in funding to three Inverclyde community based projects.

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.

Keith McKellar, Chair of Trustee and Anne Mills, CEO, Ardgowan Hospice, said: “With the financial support of the Big Lottery Fund, our aim, over the next four years, is to deliver an innovative project called 'The Inside-Out Hospice' which will support Ardgowan Hospice to develop our service throughout Inverclyde and in line with changing needs and demands. 
This new project will ensure our hospice services are more accessible by stretching and reaching deeper and wider into our local community; thus benefitting a greater number of the population who require Ardgowan Hospice’s care, advice, support and services.” 

Children up to the age of five who have been diagnosed with, or are awaiting diagnosis of a disability, are to benefit from a grant of £360,000 awarded to Barnardo’s. Over three years the project will support 104 children and 140 parents and carers across Inverclyde through a new service providing early intervention and intensive support to local families.

Lynne O’Brien, Assistant Director Children’s Services, said: “In partnership with Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership we will deliver the new Barnardo’s Weave service, which is specifically for families with babies and toddlers affected by disability or life limiting conditions. Barnardos Weave is an exciting and innovative service model new to Inverclyde and we are excited about the range of opportunities we can now offer families, helping them navigate the complex and challenging path that they face.”

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.

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Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, said: “Today we are awarding over £17 million to 60 inspiring organisations doing all they can to support people across Scotland facing challenging circumstances.  I am delighted to see three community based projects in Inverclyde sharing in this funding. Together they will reach hundreds of people, including those with life limiting illnesses, children and young people affected by domestic abuse and families affected by disability.  This is life changing money, going to projects making a real difference where it is needed most.”

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Big Lottery Fund Press Office contact: Landa Sullivan
Telephone: 0141 242 1458
Twitter: @BIGSCOTLAND #biglottery

Notes to Editors:

• The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.

• The Big Lottery Fund Scotland is focussed on helping people and communities most in need throughout Scotland through its five-year £250m funding scheme as well as small grants schemes Awards for All and Investing in Ideas.

• Since March 2007 Big Lottery Fund Scotland has taken devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn plays a strategic role in the future direction of the Fund in Scotland.

• Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects across the UK that change the lives of millions of people. Every year we fund 13,000 small local projects tackling big social problems like poor mental health and homelessness.

• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £35 billion has been raised and more than 490,000 grants awarded.

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