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Big Lottery Fund Grant
The Big Lottery Fund awarded Kindred a grant of nearly one million pounds over five years in 2007. The grant is being used to support the following projects - Kindred Advocacy, Kindred Fife - supporting children, young people and families and our Young People's Information and Advocacy Worker.
In common with many other charities, the year ending March 2010 was a challenge in terms of fundraising due to the impact of the recession on other avenues of funding. However, we have been successful in an application to the Big Lottery fund for 'Recession Response Funding' and as a result our financial position is stable for the next two years. A real BIG thanks to the Big Lottery Fund!
What projects does the Big Lottery Fund support?
The Big Lottery Fund funds a number of our projects and services. These are as follows:
The Edinburgh-based Kindred office has expanded to provide a specialist advocacy service to parents of disabled children and young people and young disabled people (aged 14 and over) themselves
Kindred's Young People's Information and Advocacy worker and Young People's Society
Kindred (Fife) to provide information, advice, emotional support and advocacy to families across the whole of Fife.
Big Lottery funding has allowed us to recruitment of new staff trained to deliver Kindred's services through outreach. We continue to provide our helpline and work with families at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh.
Kindred continues to develop its Advocacy Service which will continue to support parents:
by speaking on their behalf at meetings and appointments; writing letters and liaising with involved professionals and agencies
to prepare themselves for meetings and appointments through the development of self-advocacy
Young People's Information and Advocacy
Our Young People's Information and Advocacy Worker supports young disabled people (aged 14 and over) to:
express their wishes and engage with the various agencies and processes which feature in their lives
develop confidence and awareness through self-advocacy
access increased levels of support to enable them to live more independently as young adults
access appropriate benefits and services, including Direct Payments
- manage and organise our Young People's Society events
Kindred's base in Fife delivers a range of services to families at a local level. This work is primarily be delivered through outreach, and includes the following:
awareness raising amongst practitioners of the implications for families of caring for a disabled chid or young person