South Scotland

Hardship groups share £9m funding

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Media captionThe money is to help people struggling to cope with rising levels of financial hardship

More than £9m of funding is to be shared between 64 projects across Scotland helping communities cope with increasing levels of hardship.

The grants from the Big Lottery Fund will help food banks, money advice services and clothing initiatives.

Maureen McGinn, who chairs the charity, said many families faced "financial, emotional and physical pressures".

Schemes in Falkirk, Edinburgh, Dumfries and Galloway, the Highlands and Kirkcaldy are among the beneficiaries.

The projects are being supported through the Big Lottery Fund's Support and Connect programme.

It is aimed specifically at improving support for people experiencing hardship.

Among the projects receiving funding are:

  • Falkirk Food Bank - £73,209
  • Switched On Wester Hailes welfare and budgeting advice - £115,830
  • Greener Kirkcaldy - £177,154
  • SHAX Dumfries and Galloway emergency home starter packs - £128,305
  • The Calman Trust youth food and fuel hardship work in the Highlands - £215,670
  • West Dunbartonshire Community Foodshare - £49,778

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