Who Cares? Scotland have been able to continue supporting the Care Experienced community during the COVID-19 crisis, thanks in part to National Lottery funding.
Who Cares? Scotland have received £90,000 of additional funding from The National Lottery Community Fund which has been used to support our ongoing response to COVID-19. Our response included setting up a helpline – where we offer a friendly voice at the end of the phone, access to advice and information, and practical support when we can. We have also been able to deliver a variety of virtual participation opportunities including, our first ever digital festival – a space for Care Experienced people to learn, get active and share talents.
Duncan Dunlop, Chief Executive Officer, at Who Cares? Scotland said:
“The funding we received allowed us to respond quickly and adapt our offer to best meet the needs of the Care Experienced community and the challenges they were facing during this difficult time. Since the beginning of lock down we have been able to help over 871 Care Experienced people, from every Local Authority in Scotland. The National Lottery Community Fund, has allowed us to reach even more people.
The helpline has become a lifeline for many Care Experienced people during this pandemic, particularly those who are isolated and struggling with their mental health. They have been able to pick up the phone and feel connected to someone. The value of that connection is infinite.”
Neil Ritch, Scotland Director, The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “In these uncertain times our priority is to ensure that National Lottery money continues to flow to charities, voluntary sector organisations and grassroots groups. I would like to congratulate Who Cares? Scotland on the work they are doing. Theirs is an important project that will support people now during the current crisis, and in the future when they can physically come back together to make great things happen in their community.”
Over the next six months, The National Lottery Community Fund are prioritising grant application for community activity related to COVID-19. To find out more visit www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk