People living in Perth & Kinross who feel excluded from communities because of their own challenging circumstances will benefit from funding secured by Perth Six Circle Project. An award of £4,500 has been made by Corra Foundation and is part of almost £200,000 of funding that has been awarded to 48 charities for work across Scotland.
Marlow Clark, Project Manager, said: People can find themselves excluded from our communities because of mental health problems, unemployment, substance issues or because they have been in prison. Once they are feeling excluded it can be very difficult for them to get involved again, making the problem worse. Helping people settle back into our communities when they have spent a considerable amount of time out of them is very important not only for the individuals but also for our local communities.
“We work with around 25 people in groups and individually to help them with the practical, social and personal skills they need to live independently and be able to engage in our local communities. Much of our work is done through community projects and this also has the benefit of providing valuable support for people who are elderly, blind, disabled, or are single parents.”
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “This award will help provide a really valuable service for people in the Perth & Kinross area who need a little bit of extra support to have the confidence and skills to get involved in their local communities. The money will be used to help pay for the group’s development worker, and we know how important it is to have funding in place for basic costs like salaries. Perth Six Circle has had two other awards from us in the past, and it is great to be able to continue to support its work. We’re interested in hearing from other charities in the area that are working to make life better for people who are disadvantaged, and the next closing dates for applications are 15th July and 16th September.”