Newly launched is Big Lottery Fund (BIG) Scotland’s £50 million Life Changes Trust which aims to transform the lives of young people leaving care and the lives of people with dementia and their carers in Scotland.
The creation of Life Changes Trust is the largest single investment from BIG in Scotland and has been made to bring about a step change in the way young people leaving care and people with dementia and their carers access support and services in Scotland in the future.
In setting up Life Changes Trust, BIG identified young people leaving care and people with dementia and their carers as two of the highest priority groups in Scotland today. There are currently over 16,000 looked after children in Scotland, and over 84,000 people with dementia. The £50 million will be evenly split (£25 million each) between the two beneficiary groups.
Edel Harris, Chair Life Changes Trust, said: "It is such an honour to be asked to Chair the Life Changes Trust. With my fellow trustees and our new CEO I am looking forward to working with many people and organisations in Scotland to see what we can do collectively to really make a difference to the lives of those living with dementia and their carers and for young people leaving care. We want to invest the £50m in such a way that ensures sustainable, transformational change and improves the lives of many individuals and families in Scotland.