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National Lottery funding boost to our Kinship Care Programme

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Big Hearts are delighted to announce a new 3-year funding towards our flagship Kinship Care programme. 

The award from The National Lottery Community Fund, made possible by National Lottery players, will enable our charity to continue delivering comprehensive support to hundreds of families in kinship care, a ‘hidden’ form of care on the rise in Scotland.

Following our successful application to the award, Big Hearts will receive a 5-figure grant to cover the delivery of vital kinship care support services at Tynecastle Park. This includes our Tuesday after-school club, male carers group, teenagers wellbeing group, regular family days and holidays trips along with our youth befriending service. Supported by an experienced staff team, the flagship programme aims to address the emotional, practical and financial challenges faced by young people and their carers. Click here to find out more about Kinship Care.

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Innes Shirreff, Operations Manager at Big Hearts said:
“We happily welcome the support from The National Lottery Community Fund to secure our kinship care work over the next three years. Since 2015, our charity has strived to respond to the various needs of families living in kinship care arrangements, a form of care that remains largely under-represented in Scotland. At Big Hearts we are proud to offer a platform for kinship carers and young people to share their experience, spend time with peers and access opportunities for the whole family to thrive”.

Kate Still, Scotland Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund, said:
“National Lottery funding can make amazing things happen in local communities across the country. This project delivered by Big Hearts Community Trust is a great example of community activity in action, showing just what can be achieved when people come together for a common cause or to help others. National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is helping to support this vital work and to help communities thrive.”

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