Social care charity to receive huge three year grant to support 1,800 people with epilepsy, their carers and young people
QUARRIERS, one of Scotland’s largest social care charities, will be expanding two of its major services after it received two significant grants of combined value of nearly £1,000,000 from the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) Scotland.
Paid across three years (starting in summer 2016), the grants will be used to sustain and develop the charity’s sector-leading Epilepsy Fieldwork service and its Coaching for Life initiative which was launched as part of Quarriers’ successful 2014 Ryder Cup Appeal.
With the new funding, the charity will be able to extend its Epilepsy Fieldwork service from its current reach across Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray and Fife out to the Highlands and Tayside.
With increased fieldworker capacity, strengthened management, a focus on self-management, new service delivery approaches and a much stronger focus on evaluation and networking, the grant will enable Quarriers to support more people with epilepsy, and their carers, than ever before. It is estimated nearly 1,000 people with epilepsy and 500 carers will benefit from the funding.
Quarriers’ Coaching for Life initiative will also benefit from increased reach as the charity will use the funding to expand beyond its current Glasgow, Edinburgh and Moray bases and roll out the service to Renfrewshire and Falkirk.
With more one-to-one life coaching, new group work elements, and an enhanced opportunity for young people to influence the design of the service, the expanded initiative will benefit 300 young people, helping them attain their goals, make sustainable progress towards a positive future and increase their motivation, confidence and emotional resilience.
Commenting on the funding, Alice Drife Quarriers’ chief executive, said: “The Big Lottery Fund offers a fantastic opportunity for third sector organisations and these grants will have a significantly positive impact on our services.
“The grants will help us remain at the forefront of epilepsy support in Scotland and enable us to help even more vulnerable young people across the country. Both services are extremely important to the charity and it’s exciting to think of what the new funding will help us achieve.
“We are extremely grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for showing such faith in our work and we’ve no doubt it will go a long way to helping the people we support reach their full potential.”
Maureen McGinn, Big Lottery Fund Scotland chair, said: “Today we are awarding over £17 million to 60 inspiring organisations supporting people across Scotland facing challenging circumstances. Included are two awards to Quarriers, totalling just under £1m.
“This money will help them expand the vital support service they offer for people with epilepsy and their carers into Highland and Tayside; and will also enable them to work with young people right across the Central Belt of Scotland facing a crucial time in their lives.
“This is life changing money, going to projects making a real difference where and when it is needed most.”
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