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Big Lottery Fund New Year lift for Inverclyde

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Release date:
17 1 2013

Today the Big Lottery Fund Scotland today (THUR 17 Jan) announces its latest package of funding worth over £5.5 million to eleven projects across Scotland.
New Year brings almost half a million pounds to help hundreds of older people with disabilities throughout Inverclyde.

The award of £452,962 to Inverclyde Council on Disability means they will be able to work with hundreds of people across the region to support them stay to in their homes for longer while remaining connected to old and new friends and the wider community. The “Connected, Confident and Included Inverclyde” project will help the older people improve their ICT skills, providing training to keep them in contact through emails and other social media.  A Shopmobility service will be provided to help with the weekly shop and regular social events will bring people together to make new friendships.  An outreach service will be set up to help those who are housebound can also access all the services on offer.
Jim MacLeod, Chairperson, said, “We are absolutely delighted with this award from the Big Lottery Fund.  This will enable us to start up new services which will also help us to reach out to even more disabled people and their families in Inverclyde and will also help us to continue with some existing services as well.”

Project Manager, Carol Kearns, said, “Our project provides a variety of services that take a holistic approach to the needs of local disabled people and helps enable them to live independently, reducing their feeling of dependency on family, friends and carers as well as improving their community involvement.  We would like to thank the Big Lottery Fund for their continuous support in our project.”

Grace Smith, 81, from Gourock , has been using the services for nine years.  She said, ““This service has been really great for me, wonderful.  I’ve had polio since I was six years old and it’s got much worse in the last ten years and I can only walk for really short distances now.  I wouldn’t be able to do my shopping without the help of the Shopmobility service as I couldn’t walk very far round the supermarket or go round any shops at all.

“I have been to so many places and day trips I can’t keep up with it. Without Inverclyde Council on Disability I would never have been able to visit all of these places and it’s opened up a whole new world for me.  I’ve made a good friend through these trips and we go on them together as well as doing other things like going for coffee.”

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted to announce this latest round of grants from our Investing in Communities portfolio. Inverclyde Council on Disability will be able to continue supporting older people with disabilities to help them retain their independence, while remaining part of the community, making new friends and rekindling old friendships. This project works at the heart of the community helping older people to retain their place in society with something valuable to contribute.  This is an excellent example of the type of project we want to fund and it’s good to know that this money will enhance and expand the vital services they provide.”

Today’s funding is part of a package of eleven Big Lottery Fund Scotland, Investing in Community grants totalling £5,618,181. To see today’s other successful projects visit

For further information

Lorna McNiven, Press Team Scotland: 0141 242 1451
Public Enquiries Line: 0300 123 7110                          
Text phone:  0845 6021 659
Full details of the Big Lottery Fund programmes and grant awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk

Notes to Editors:-

• The Big Lottery Fund (BIG), the largest distributor of National Lottery good cause funding, is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised for good causes by the National Lottery.
• BIG 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 June 2004. The Fund was formally established by Parliament on 1 December 2006.
• Since the National Lottery began in 1994, 28p from every pound spent by the public has gone to good causes. As a result, over £25 billion over £28 billion has now been raised and more than 383,000 grants awarded across arts, sport, heritage, charities, health, education and the environment.
• The Scotland Committee has been making Big Lottery Fund decisions on Scottish projects since March 2007.  As well as taking devolved decisions on Lottery spending, the Committee, led by Chair, Maureen McGinn, has and will continue to play a strategic role in the future direction of BIG in Scotland. 
• The Big Lottery Fund is investing in Scotland’s communities through its Investing in Communities portfolio, as well as the small grants schemes Awards for All, Investing in Ideas, Communities and Families and 2014 Communities.