Tayside Council on Alcohol, in partnership with Aberlour Child Care Trust, has been awarded just over £173,000 to run a ‘Kith n Kin’ programme in Perth & Kinross over the next three years. 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.
Kathryn Baker, Children’s Services Manager for Tayside Council on Alcohol, said: “The aim of the Kith n Kin project is to enable children to overcome the disadvantage and stigma associated with parental substance misuse, and it has been developed as a result of learning gained from work in Dundee. We’re going to be working very closely with the Local Authority who will be responsible for the more formal care arrangements of the children we’re supporting. We are aiming to work with around 55 children and 50 carers a year, offering a whole range of tailored support to help make life better for these vulnerable children. This includes basic things many of take for granted such as being able to feel safe and secure in their own homes.”
The PDI is a partnership between the Foundation and the Scottish Government. Elaine Wilson, PDI Programme Manager, said: “This project will let vulnerable children in Perth & Kinross benefit from what has been learnt from a similar project in Dundee. That’s a great way of making sure the work will make the most positive difference possible to the local children, carers and families involved.”
Tayside Council on Alcohol has received 12 PDI awards since 2001 totalling over £890,000. Of these, four awards totalling just under £150,000 have been work for Perth & Kinross.