Big Lottery Funding Boost

A project aimed at supporting families of children with special educational needs in the Glasgow area has been given a £380,241 boost by the Big Lottery Fund.

Cornerstone’s Growing Together project is one of six providing practical help for parents to share in the £1,629.008 from the Fund’s Investing in Communities programme.

The Growing Together project supports around 200 families and is currently delivered across four partnership primary schools in the Broomlea, Croftcroighan, Hampden and Langlands areas of Glasgow.

The funding will allow the project to provide a range of services and materials for families it supports, including information packs, direct support in the home from care workers, after school activities, support for siblings and workshops aimed at developing skills.  Parents will also be actively encouraged to take longer term responsibility for the management of aspects of the projects including holiday and parent clubs.

The overall aim is to help parents, who often face complex challenges when caring for their child, to become more confident and improve their connections with the community.

Susan Lorimer, Cornerstone's Children's Services Manager said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this funding.

“Each family will have its own unique journey and support will be tailored to meet their individual requirements and personal challenges.  By providing this valuable support service Cornerstone can lend assistance to people in times of need and enable families to enjoy fulfilled and valued lives."

Big Lottery Fund, Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “Many families will, at some point in their lives, need that bit of extra support to help them through difficult periods. Feelings of isolation, the effects of low income or the risk of homelessness, for example, are just some of the issues which today’s projects will help to tackle. They also have a common goal of helping people live healthy, more positive lives, which will benefit families both now, and in the future.”

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