Relationship based approaches take centre stage in latest Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) funded projects

By 18th December 2020 News, PDI


Charities across Scotland are at the heart of supporting children, young people and their families affected by alcohol and drugs. In December 2020, Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) announced funding of over £420,000 to support four projects that put human rights and relationships at the heart of their work with families. Tayside Council on Alcohol, Circle and Aberlour will all work to enable parents and carers to improve their wellbeing, whilst supporting children to reach their full potential. To read more about the funded projects click here

Since 2001, PDI has been funded through a partnership between the Scottish Government and Corra Foundation. They share a commitment to working alongside local partners and projects to make a collective difference to families in Scotland.

Maree Todd, MSP Minister for Children and Young People said:

I am pleased the Scottish Government is able to support these projects through PDI grants. The vital services these projects provide will play a fundamental role in supporting families affected by alcohol and drugs to realise their rights, build nurturing relationships and be part of their community.”

Joy Barlow MBE, Corra Foundation Trustee and Chair of the PDI Steering Group said:

These projects will enable children, young people and families to have their voices heard and access the support that’s right for them. I am delighted to see compassionate relationship-based support continue to flourish in Scotland.”

Relationships underpin the PDI approach and earlier in 2020 Corra Foundation launched Connections Are Key. This research project explored the role of relationship-based practice in supporting families affected by alcohol and drugs. Read the research report and recommendations online:



Notes to editor

  1. Corra Foundation exists to make a difference to the lives of people and communities. It works with others to encourage positive change, opportunity, fairness and growth of aspirations which improve quality of life. Corra wants to see a society in which people create positive change and enjoy fulfilling lives.
  2. In 2020 Corra launched a ten-year strategy. It is long term because making a different on the big challenges will take time. At its heart is the strong belief that when people find their voice, they unlock the power to make change happen. You can read the full strategy here:
  3. Corra Foundation has over 35 years’ experience as one of Scotland’s leading grant-makers, distributing more than £159m through nearly 16,000 grants to charities.
  4. Partnership Drugs Initiative (PDI) was set up in 2001 and is a partnership between Scottish Government and Corra Foundation. PDI gives money to charities that support children and young people in Scotland.
  5. In 2020, Corra Foundation’s Partnership Drugs Initiative launched the latest action research project Connection are Key which explored the role of relationship-based practice in supporting children and families. Find out more about the research here:
  6. For more information on Corra foundation, please visit


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