18 Oct 2018
Quarriers Kinship Care Service has received an award of £8,000 from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund for its Healthy and Active service in north east Glasgow.
Quarriers Kinship Care Service works with some of the most vulnerable children in north east Glasgow to enable them to lead happier, healthier and fuller lives. Children under kinship care face barriers to taking part in group activities within their local communities often due to financial hardship and low self-esteem.
The award from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund will allow the service to give 28 children under kinship care the chance to take part in a 12-month project where they will participate in weekend activity trips, six-week structured Health and Activity programmes and benefit from peer monitoring.
Fiona McGregor of Quarriers Kinship Care Service said: “Many children that use our service have been affected by parental substance misuse, neglect and bereavement. They require greater emotional support as they often have low confidence, making it difficult to sustain friendships. Our Healthy and Active initiative has been inspired and designed by children under kinship care to tackle the barriers they face.
“Thanks to this award from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund, children who use the service will have the opportunity to have fun, try new challenges and make friends. The activities are designed to improve physical and emotional health and wellbeing, and will help the children to establish links with local youth projects, better integrating them into their local communities.”
Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Seona Reid, said: “I am delighted that Quarriers Kinship Care Service has been successful in securing an award from the Year of Young People National Lottery Fund. This funding will help young people to make a positive change in their lives and I wish Quarriers Kinship Care Service every success as it works to improve young people’s health and wellbeing in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People.”