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£5.9M for preventative youth and criminal justice projects

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Early Action System Change
Release date:
5 4 2018

Over £5.9 million of National Lottery funding is today (THURS 5 APRIL 2018) being awarded to test out new approaches aimed at preventing children, young people and families from reaching crisis point or that stop women from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

The funding from the Big Lottery Fund goes to eight initiatives that will bring together Scotland’s voluntary and public sector organisations to redesign and re-organise their services.

Children and young people in Midlothian will be able to help shape the future of local mental health services, thanks to a grant of £836,000 to a multi-agency partnership project led by Midlothian Council. Over the next five years, the project aims to overhaul child and youth mental health services so children and young people get help much earlier. This will include involving young people in the research and mapping of mental health and wellbeing support in the local area, and identifying trigger points for mental health problems. It will also test out and learn from preventative interventions, which if they become mainstreamed would alleviate pressure on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

Mary Smith, Director of Education, Communities and Economy, Midlothian Council, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in securing funding for children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing from the Big Lottery Fund. Midlothian’s young people have been campaigning for this so it's great that local partners and the Big Lottery Fund have listened.

“The funding will allow us and our partners, NHS Lothian, Midlothian Youth Platform and Third Sector colleagues, to map, review and test new and existing systems available to children, young people and their families, ensuring we are well placed to strengthen children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing now and in the future.”

Inverclyde Health and Social Care Partnership today receives £682,250 to develop, in partnership with others, new preventative services that are based on first-hand experience of women involved in the criminal justice system. The project will apply and share learning from other local authority areas, and will work with local communities and third sector organisations, in order to develop new and innovative approaches that transform women’s experience of the criminal justice system.

Inverclyde Council’s Convener of Health & Social Care Councillor Robert Moran, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for both the Inverclyde Health & Social Care Partnership and our community justice partnership to achieve a step change in our response to women in the criminal justice system.

“We are looking to build our response around the women themselves and the community, ensuring their voices shape how we move forward. Our ambition is to provide women with the support they need at a time and in a way that is right for them.”

Announcing the funding from the Big Lottery Fund’s Early Action System Change programme, Maureen McGinn, Chair, Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “This early action approach aims to support people to overcome problems before they become harder to tackle. Each of the initiatives receiving funding today brings together voluntary and public sector organisations to redesign and re-organise their services, placing the focus on more preventative work.  I am delighted that, thanks to National Lottery funding, these initiatives will give a voice to children, young people and families, and also women in the criminal justice system, and will involve them fully in shaping service delivery, now and in the future.”

The Early Action System Change Fund was developed to award a small number of grants of up to £1 million that are intended to fund the first steps towards changing the way whole systems work. Other initiatives sharing in today’s funding are:

Aberdeen Foyer
Location: Aberdeen
Award: £824,567
This joint initiative, led by Aberdeen Foyer, will target aspects of the education system that currently fail to provide young people with the support that they need to make informed decisions about their future including careers, health, relationships, housing and finances.
Initially they will work to unpick the current system and carry out quantitative and qualitative research.

Action for Children
Location: West Dunbartonshire
Award: £730,207
This joint initiative, led by Action for Children, aims to reduce the threat of youth homelessness before it reaches crisis point.  They will do this by researching and mapping the current system and carrying out tests of change including a multi-agency housing options model.

Barnardo’s Scotland
Location: Glasgow
Award: £797,968
This joint initiative, led by Barnardos Scotland aims to reduce the level of social work intervention through families engaging with other organisations at an earlier or preventative stage of need.  The impact of the work will see a reduction of children being referred to social work, an increase in children and families receiving the appropriate services earlier and a sharing of knowledge and expertise between statutory services and the third sector.

Dartington Service Design Lab
Location: Renfrewshire
This joint initiative, led by Dartington Service Design Lab and Renfrewshire Council, aims to improve the support for children and young people with poor emotional health. They will do this by recruiting system change specialists who will be seconded to Renfrewshire Council and the health board. They will then map the system, involving young people, practitioners, managers and system leaders and from this, identify strategies to redirect resources to early action.

Shetland Islands Council (Police Scotland)
Location: Shetland
This joint initiative, led by Shetland Islands Council and sponsored by Police Scotland, aims to shift resources to the early action/preventative stage of services targeted at children and young people. They will do this by undertaking research with families and professionals.  Using this baseline information they will work with families and others to co-design services.

South Lanarkshire Council
Location: South Lanarkshire
Award: £742,146
This joint initiative, led by South Lanarkshire Council, aims to address youth offending by mapping and connecting current services, working together with families, piloting new interventions in Rutherglen and Cambuslang and then rolling them out to the whole local authority.

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 0141 242 1451
Website:   www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
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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 scheme National Lottery Awards for All Scotland.
  • Since March 2007 Big Lottery Fund Scotland has taken devolved decisions on National 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.