Families in Baillieston, Shettleston and Greater Easterhouse will benefit from £54,000 of funding secured by Barnardo’s Scotland. The money is coming from Corra Foundation’s Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) and will support children and young people who are affected by their parents’ substance issues, as well as working with whole families.
Martin Mathieson, Service Manager for Barnardo’s Scotland in Glasgow, said: “Often, families where a parent has issues with drugs or alcohol can have fairly chaotic lives, and we aim to help children and young people develop the resilience to cope with the challenges of their family life. Parental substance misuse can have long term effects and this funding will help us to break the cycle of substance misuse in families. The money will be used over the next two years to reduce the impact of parental substance issues on children and improve the mental health and well-being of both children and parents. This will be done through a range of individual and group work with children and families, all targeted at making life better for those who are most vulnerable. Often people require support for quite a long time, sometimes over a year, so what we do is fairly intensive it but does help people make positive changes in their lives.”
The PDI is a partnership between the Foundation and the Scottish Government. Elaine Wilson, PDI Programme Manager, said: “Having funded this project for the last three years it’s great to see the difference it’s making to local youngsters and their families. Being able to put in funding for another two years is great as people currently involved can continue to receive support and even more children and families can benefit. This means more local children have an even better chance of being given the positive opportunities they deserve, and that’s good for them, their families and the whole community.”
This is the PDI’s sixth award for Barnardo’s Scotland’s work in Glasgow since 2001, bringing the total support for local youngsters to over £450,000. Across Scotland the total PDI support for Barnardo’s work is over £1,712,000 since 2001. These latest awards bring the total funding delivered through the PDI to over £18.6 million since 2000, and the services this has supported have all been aimed at having a positive long term impact on the children and young people involved.