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Young care leavers to benefit from Young Start

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Young Start
Release date:
7 8 2014

A project aimed at helping young care leavers in Edinburgh, Grangemouth and Glasgow is one of 25 groups sharing over £1 million thanks to grants announced today (7 AUGUST) from the Young Start Fund.

A full list of grants is available here

Chair of Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Maureen McGinn, said: “Young Start helps ensure that Scotland’s next generation has the best possible start in life. All 25 groups share that ambition, so I am delighted to announce today’s investment totalling £1,100,203. The Glasgow based Mellow Parenting project will help young care leavers understand and maintain healthy relationships which, in turn, will improve their confidence and self-esteem. I wish them, and all the groups being funded today, every success.”

Mellow Parenting promotes parent child relationships. Today’s grant of £46,967 is for a new training programme, Mellow Ready, for young care leavers, aged 16-24 years, in Edinburgh, Grangemouth and Glasgow.

Rosemary Mackenzie, Chief Executive Officer, Mellow Parenting, said: “We are delighted that the Young Start Fund has invested in this year-long project. The funding will enable Mellow Parenting to develop ‘Mellow Ready’ by working with young care leavers in facilitator-led interactive sessions in Edinburgh, Grangemouth and Glasgow. They will discover how to best form relationships and attachments, working towards stronger physical, mental and emotional health as a foundation for later life and ultimately to parenthood.
“Feedback from women who attended a pilot Mellow Ready group in HMP & YOI Cornton Vale helped to shape the initial programme. The women in the group were very enthusiastic and all agreed that every young person should attend a group like this before they become parents to help them realise the importance of early parent-child interaction and that it is not easy. The final Mellow Ready programme will be shaped by using feedback from young care leavers’ participation in the interactive sessions and further focus groups.”

Run by Big Lottery Fund Scotland for the Scottish Government, Young Start awards money from dormant bank and building society accounts that have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. The money supports a range of projects that help young people aged eight to 24 years old reach their full potential.

Big Lottery Fund Press Office: 0141 242 1451
Website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk
Twitter: @BIGScotland #biglf
Facebook: www.facebook.com/BigLotteryFundScotland

Notes to editors

  • Dormant accounts are defined in the Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Act 2008 as those which have seen no customer-initiated activity for at least 15 years. 
  • In September 2011 the Scottish Government formally issued instructions to the Big Lottery Fund to distribute dormant accounts funding for the benefit of Scotland’s voluntary and community sector.
  • The Reclaim Fund Ltd. (RFL), which was established in March 2011 to receive and invest dormant account balances across the UK, transferred the first tranche of monies from dormant bank and building society accounts to BIG on 2 August 2011. Scotland will receive an 8.4% share of the total funds to be distributed.
  • The Distribution of Dormant Account Money (Apportionment) Order 2011 prescribes that Scotland will receive 8.4% of the dormant accounts money to be made available for distribution by the Big Lottery Fund under the 2008 Act. The Big Lottery Fund has confirmed a grants budget of £3.7m to 31 March 2012 and an indicative budget of £5.2m for 2012/13. This gives an estimated total grants budget of £8.9m to 31 March 2013.  It should be noted that the 2012/13 figure is a median projection and may go down or up.
  • The Early Years Taskforce was set up in November 2011 to provide strategic leadership for the Early Years Change Programme and co-ordinate policy across Government and the wider public sector to ensure that Early Years spending is prioritised by the whole public sector.
  • Scottish Government funding will be drawn from the wider £270 million Early Years Change Fund, which includes a Scottish Government contribution of £50 million over the next four years.
  • The Big Lottery Fund is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery.
  • The Fund is committed to bringing real improvements to communities and the lives of people most in need and has been rolling out grants to health, education, environment and charitable causes across the UK. Since its inception in 2004 it has awarded close to £6bn.
  • In the year ending 31 March 2013, 28% of total National Lottery revenue was awarded to projects. Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £31 billion has been raised and more than 400,000 grants awarded.