Scottish Government funding to tackle child poverty

Seven projects aimed at tackling the issue will receive a total of £450,000.

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Announced as part of the ‘Every Child, Every Chance’ Innovation Fund, vulnerable families are set to benefit from new funding to support households in financial hardship.

The innovation, jointly supported by the Scottish Government and The Hunter Foundation, is set to award seven projects aimed at tackling child poverty a total of £450,000.

The fund aims to support innovative approaches that could help to reduce child poverty by 2030.

The projects range from job training and a befriending service, to school-based mentoring and support for lone parents.

One of the successful projects is reported to be Stepwell, a social business based in Inverclyde, which provides support to people in the local community with health and finance issues as well as training and employment opportunities.

At a visit to meet staff and service users, Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell said: “We are committed to tackling child poverty and are always looking for new ways to support households and families in financial hardship. No child or adult should have their chances limited by poverty.

“It has been great to hear about the approach being taken by Stepwell to tackle child poverty in Inverclyde.

“Their method aims to get to the root cause of any hardship and through encouragement, support and training, families can begin to change their lives.”

Steven Watson, Chief Executive Officer at Stepwell, said: “Stepwell is absolutely committed to tackling child poverty in Inverclyde.

“Through our Whole Life approach, we focus on providing person-centred support, offering vocational and accredited training and ‘real’ business work placements within our social businesses.”

He added: “We are so grateful to The Hunter Foundation and Scottish Government for partnering with us.”

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