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Funding boost to help more young people during lockdown

Queens Cross Housing Association receives £15,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund.

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Over £20,000 in Community Chest grant funding has, so far, helped 130 young people living in Queens Cross pay for essentials to help them during the coronavirus lockdown.

The project will continue with the aim of helping to improve the lives of more young local residents, after receiving £15,000 in funding from the Scottish Government’s Wellbeing Fund.

The Community Chest fund, run in partnership with the Garscube Community Foundation, was set up in 2018 to help children and young people aged 0-25.

The Scottish Government grant will provide much-needed support, after the association received hundreds of applications during the lockdown period.

Queens Cross Social Regeneration Manager Jamie Ballantine said: “There’s been a huge increase in the number of Community Chest grant applications made to us, over the last couple of months, and, certainly, more than anything we’ve seen before. It shows you impact the lockdown has had on our younger residents, and we were in danger of running out of funds. So we’re very grateful for this additional award as it means we can continue to help young people in our communities through this crisis.

“Applications for digital equipment, such as laptops, have gone up as well as requests for items like arts and crafts materials to keep children busy at home. 

“Some families have used the grant for online tuition or learning or to buy a musical instrument.”

The grant can pay for a wide range of things that promote wellbeing, from help with educational needs to sports and play equipment to keep young people fit and active.

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