Friday, 4 October 2013

Burgess backs child support funding

Local MSP Margaret Burgess has welcomed Scottish Government funding for a family support project run by North Ayrshire Council alongside charities Children 1st and Quarriers.

Mrs Burgess told the3towns, “The North Ayrshire project is among twenty awarded a share of £6million of funding from the Early Years Change Fund last year.  It is intended to help Scottish charities work with councils to support families who need extra help, including access to out-of-hours support and parenting advice.”

A total of £250,000 will be targeted at providing support for families with very young children, and kids affected by domestic abuse or substance misuse.  Other projects to receive funding include some who work directly with vulnerable families.

The MSP for Cunninghame South said, “Extensions of nursery provision are in the pipeline, but some families need more direct support.  This could be advice on parenting or a neutral place to allow parents and children to spend time together.  The funding from the Early Years Change Fund should help charities across Scotland provide exactly that type of targeted help.”

Mrs Burgess, also the SNP Scottish Government’s Minister for Housing and Welfare, noted that the funding also shows how “decisions taken in Scotland are giving Scottish families the help they need, and are helping to harness the expertise of those working in charities to help councils deliver for families and maximise Scotland’s future economic prosperity.”

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