Lottery windfall for Denny’s Home-Start

A big lottery grant
A big lottery grant

Young children and their parents will benefit from a Lottery windfall.

A £324,842 grant will allow Home-Start Falkirk West to provide additional support for vulnerable families.

The charity plans to run an early intervention project to ease the problems of family groups in Denny, Bonnybridge and Banknock.

Welcoming the cash from the Big Lottery Fund’s (BIG) Investing in Communities fund, Home-Start co-ordinator Sandra Rankin said: “We are delighted to have been awarded a grant for this project which aims to support the most disadvantaged families in our local area.

“At times of crisis many families need access to a wide variety of services. Through our family groups and individual support by our family support worker, this grant will enable us to offer a comprehensive package of information, advice, training and one-to-one tailored help to parents with young children.”

She added that this would empower them to “tackle the difficulties and inequalities” they are experiencing in health, employment, finances and in engaging fully in their local community, benefitting both them and their young children.

Currently, Home-Start Falkirk West works with around 80 families. The Lottery boost will allow them to help a further 250 disadvantaged families over the next five years.

The grant is one of seven revealed yesterday (Wednesday) for community groups across Scotland.

Announcing the package of almost £3 million, Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chairperson, said: “This funding will provide additional support for many vulnerable families and young people helping to put them on the path to a more secure future.

“We are delighted to be funding these projects which demonstrate BIG’s commitment to improving the lives of those most in need.”

Home-Start Falkirk West, which operates out of premises in Duke Street, Denny, is part of a network of over 320 similar groups across the UK, supporting almost 77,000 vulnerable children.

Sandra added: “Many people are suffering financially and there is also uncertainty about employment, as well as the effect of changes to the benefits system, which is an additional strain on families which are already vulnerable.

“This grant will allow us to provide the support where it is needed most, including families experiencing complex difficulties and to bring stability into lives.”