Govan family support project awarded £200,000

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National Lottery cash will fund Together for Childhood for three years

8th September 2020 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

An NSPCC project helping prevent childhood abuse and neglect has been awarded more than £200,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Together for Childhood project in Govan, Glasgow, works with the local community and service providers to make sure every childhood counts by supporting families who need extra help or face difficult situations such as drug or alcohol abuse and mental health problems.

Project staff help parents have greater insight into their relationships with their children, supporting them to understand their child’s needs and learn how to respond appropriately.

During lockdown, as part of Together for Childhood, NSPCC staff supported families over the phone and online, as well as starting up the Wee Govanites' Toy Library, a weekly stall where families could pick up or swap toys and games.

Sharon Mather, the project’s strategic service manager, said: “We are delighted to receive the funds from the National Lottery Community Fund; this investment in our community engagement work will enable Together for Childhood to build further on its commitment to partnership work and ensure a significant role for the NSPCC in supporting families in Govan over the next three years. 

“It will give us the opportunity to push further the project’s innovative approaches and commitment to supporting families, professionals and partners to work together to deliver a needs-driven approach to preventing abuse and neglect, drawing on the wealth of resources, expertise and experience the NSPCC has in this area.”

The funding will support NSPCC Scotland, in partnership with the local community, to look at what is operating successfully, how local organisations are working together and what can be done to build on and improve the work.

The charity will also test new ways to prevent abuse and neglect and strengthen the services available to families with models that are tailor-made for the community’s needs.

Kate Still, Scotland chair of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups.  

“I would like to congratulate the Together for Childhood Govan project on their award, theirs is an important project and will support people now and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”