Today at 12pm we will be launching a new project aimed at supporting families of children with additional support needs in Glasgow.
Our Growing Together project was one of six providing practical help for parents to share in The Big Lottery Fund’s £1,629,008 from the Fund’s Investing in Communities programme. Cornerstone was awarded £380,241 towards the initiative.
The Growing Together project will support around 200 families and will be delivered across four partnership primary schools in the Broomlea, Croftcroighn, Hampden and Langlands areas of Glasgow.
Our new team comprises two team leaders, seven project workers and an administrator, all of whom will be based in our Glasgow office. There will also be another hub in the city centre for parents to drop in whenever they are passing.
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.
Susan Lorimer, Cornerstone's Children's Services Manager, said 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.
“We are about to start visiting the schools, where we will be put in touch with families they feel could do with some additional help and support. It could be for a whole range of things – sometimes parents just need to have a chat. The important thing is to link families together so that they can share information. It’s all about helping each other to grow in confidence.
“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.”