Scottish support groups awarded £6.5m lottery cash

Woman with two children generic More than £500,000 is to be used to support children who have suffered from domestic abuse

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A service for victims of abuse is among twelve Scottish support groups to benefit from awards totalling £6.5m from the Big Lottery Fund.

Wigtownshire Women's Aid, which supports victims of abuse, is to benefit from a £580,000 grant.

It said the cash would help children who had experienced domestic abuse.

Other projects awarded cash, include a project in Angus for young people with learning difficulties, and an Aberdeen service to help ex-offenders find work.

Enable Scotland's Work Angus project, is to be given £969,969, while Aberdeen Forward's Roots and Shoots Workstyle Programme is to receive £453,343.

Other grants awarded include: £501,657 for Glasgow Association for Mental Health's Later Life Matters project, which aims to support older people with mental health issues, and £694,985 for Shelter Scotland's Safe and Sound project that deals with housing and homelessness.

The Big Lottery Fund's Investing in Communities programme aims to help vulnerable people take control of their lives.

Alison Magee, chair of the fund in Scotland, said: "Our funding allows us to focus on tackling need and supporting disadvantaged people so we can offer communities across the country a brighter and more promising future.

"Across the country other funded projects will help to raise the aspirations of young carers, people with learning difficulties and those with mental health difficulties allowing them to access work, education and training opportunities so they are able to make their own choices about how their future should look."

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