Two Cumbernauld charities benefit from £700'000 funding pot

 
 
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 13:40 BST on Wednesday 4th July 2012.

Two Cumbernauld charities are set to benefit from over £700’000 in funds, from North Lanarkshire Council, which will be paid out in the coming days.

Many people throughout North Lanarkshire who care for family and friends will benefit from a range of support services as a result of the £729,000 funding pot.

Councillor Sam Love, Convener of the Housing and Social Work Committee said: “Carers provide a vital service in our communities, looking after vulnerable friends and family in their own homes.”

North Lanarkshire Council have said that they receive £627’500 annually from the Scottish Government's Strategy for Carers funding, whilst the council themselves contribute a further £110’000.

Councillor Love said: “The Carers Strategy for Scotland states that unpaid carers save councils and health services billions of pounds every year, and we recognise the invaluable service they provide. That's why it is so important that we offer the support carers need and deserve, and this funding is being used to offer short breaks, training, information and advice, recreational and social activities.”

Final decisions on how best to allocate the funding are agreed by the Carers Strategy Implementation Group, which includes representatives from carers, carer organisations, NHS Lanarkshire and North Lanarkshire Council.

Already funding for the 2012/2013 period has been awarded to Palacerigg Country Park based Watch Us Grow and Redburn After School Care and Leisure.

Redburn After School Care and Leisure Scheme, who run an after school support programme for children with learning disabilities has been awarded £25’000, whilst, Watch Us Grow, who run weekly craft classes for people with learning disabilities has been awarded £6’301.

Already £729’591 has been paid out, with a further £8’000 set to be paid out throughout the financial year.  

Other organisations and charities being funded include:

·         Alzheimer Scotland Support - for ex-carers and carers of people in long term care was awarded £26’746

·         Action for Children Young Carers Project - Contribution to staff costs and breaks for young carers were awarded £45’556

·         North Lanarkshire Carers Together - Core staff, general running costs and information workers' costs have been awarded £138’945

·         Parkinsons Group, Motherwell - Support for carers have been awarded £26’630

·         Parkinsons Group, North Lanarkshire - Support and respite services for carers was awarded £20’387

·         Partners in Play - Provision of inclusive opportunities for disabled children of 13 years and over were awarded £45’000

·         Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre - Carer support service have been given £172’182

·         Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre - Training Officer post (costs shared with South Lanarkshire Council) has been awarded £12’844

·         Princess Royal Trust Lanarkshire Carers Centre - Training for carers has been presented with £15’000

·         Housing and Social Work Services - Respite care for people with learning disabilities have been awarded £95’000

·         Housing and Social Work Services - Respite care for people with physical disabilities have been given £60’000

·         Housing and Social Work Services - Funding to enable carers to take a break in their own right have been awarded £40’000.