Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is delighted that over £1 million has been awarded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of their ‘Investing in Communities’ programme to two local initiatives.
£500,000 has been awarded to the HMP Low Moss Public Social Partnership, a pilot project aimed at reducing reoffending rates. The 3 year project will be run by Turning Point Scotland. The plan is to tackle the underlying causes of offending and support individuals to make a positive contribution to their community. The award will fund a team of ‘pathway practitioners’ who will provide one to one support within the prison (i.e. helping people to think about suitable housing, welfare support and medication prior to their release) as well as managing and coordinating access to a range of statutory and third sector services in the community; continuing to provide support for up to one year from release.
The Scottish Association for Mental Health’s SoRTED (Strengthening Recovery throughout East Dunbartonshire) project received a £697,532 grant also as part of the ‘Investing in Communities’ programme. The project aims to support adults throughout East Dunbartonshire who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions and coping with other challenges such as mental health problems. The four-year project will provide support to 240 individuals at the point of transition from formal rehabilitation services where the risk of relapse is high. Beneficiaries will be supported to stabilise their tenancies, build skills and confidence to engage with services, and to move on to positive destinations.
Commenting Jo said:
“Congratulations to both of these groups.
“These projects will help support individuals through a key time of change in their lives.
“Local individuals or groups can visit the BIG Lottery Fund website to find out about this programme and other funding opportunities at: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/scotland.”