Big Lottery invests

in the Grassroots Project!

Healthy Valleys is delighted to announce that their Grassroots Project has been successful in securing £455,268 from the Big Lottery’s Investing in Communities Fund. The Grassroots Project has been running since 2012 and this new funding will enable Healthy Valleys to continue to deliver and develop this successful project until June 2018.  This unique project trains volunteers to support pregnant women and families with children under 5 years old, who live in rural South Lanarkshire and who need extra help and support.   

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: “I am delighted that Healthy Valleys Grassroots Project is one of the latest groups to receive an award from our Investing in Communities fund. This is life changing money that will benefit those people and communities most in need. This grant will make a big difference where it is needed most and I wish the Grassroots Project every success as it goes on to develop and expand its project.”

Over the next three years, families will benefit from the Grassroots Project by being matched to a trained volunteer, who will help ensure their participation by building up a trusting, positive relationship and support them to vital ante-natal and healthcare appointments.  They will also support families to attend our Grassroots ‘Family Education Support Programme’ which offers a variety of parenting courses which aims to help improve parenting skills, confidence and reduce isolation.  The volunteers will also support the families to engage in various community activities.

To find out more about the project or if you have a few hours to spare a week and would like to become a volunteer and support a family then please contact our Grassroots Development Worker, Clare Cook on 01555 880666 or email clare@healthyvalleys.org.uk.