Children in St Andrews and North East Fife will benefit from £5,000 of funding that has been awarded to Families First – St Andrews. The money is coming from Corra Foundation and is part of almost £200,000 of funding that has been awarded to 48 charities for work across Scotland.
Morag Coleman, Project Manager, said: “Families First – St Andrews provides support to families with children aged 5-16 who live in St Andrews and North East Fife. We aim to provide practical help and support to families experiencing difficulties and to provide a service relevant to their needs. This is done through a range of services including breakfast clubs, children’s group activities, befriending and family support. By offering a range of options for children and families in North East Fife, people can get a mix of help that is right for them and so will have the most positive impact.
“Families First – St Andrews will use the money awarded by Corra Foundation Scotland to support the children and young people’s group activities. These group activities enable children to socialise, interact and learn how work together. These skills are a positive step towards independence and learning how to become involved in, and contribute to, their local communities. We could not offer our services if it were not for the generosity of others through financial awards and donations and volunteer time. Last year 126 volunteers supported the work of Families First – St Andrews, through either direct service delivery or organisational management, and the staff work very hard to support these volunteers in their role.”
Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Corra Foundation, said: “We first funded Families First – St Andrews in 2002, so have known the charity and its work for a long time. Getting the right support at the right time makes all the difference to families who are struggling to cope. This means children have the best chance of thriving and are able to make the most of other opportunities including school.”
The Foundation is 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.