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Big Lottery Fund New Year boost for young parents in Glasgow

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Investing In Communities
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.

This New Year brings a £600k Lottery boost for young parents in Glasgow to provide help and support that might otherwise not be available to them from family, friends or the wider community.

The award of £656,308 to Rathbone Training means the group can continue and expand their “Training Opportunities for Young Parents” project helping young people aged between 16 and 24 years old across the city.  The project will offer a package of flexible support to the young people helping with a range of issues including improving parenting skills, raising confidence and self esteem and helping to bring families together where possible.

Debbie Robinson, Youth Programmes Manager, said, “The Training Opportunities for Young Parents project has already made a positive impact on the lives of over 100 young parents in Glasgow and their families.  It has built up confidence in these young people, increased their life and career chances and reduced the sense of isolation they can sometimes feel. This additional funding means that we can continue to change lives for the better and lift young parents off benefits to a point where they can provide for themselves and their children.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted to announce this latest round of grants from our Investing in Communities portfolio. Thanks to this funding Rathbone Training will be able to work with even more young parents across Glasgow to help give them skills, confidence and self belief as they embark upon a new chapter in their lives.  This project focuses on the heart of the community helping these young people to build bridges with their families and have the confidence to seek out training, educational or employment opportunities.  This is an excellent example of the type of project we want to fund and it’s good to know that our money will enhance and expand this vital work.”

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

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.