Wednesday 4th April 2012
More than £3.5 million will be invested in projects which will help young children growing up in difficult circumstances.
Four projects in Worcestershire, Southend-on-Sea, Portsmouth and Haringey, north London have shared the cash from the Big Lottery Fund.
The money will be used to provide tailored support to about 1,300 families.
In Worcestershire, Vestia Community Trust has been awarded £900,000. It will provide family workers to help children in 100 families make the most of their potential.
In Portsmouth, Learning Links (Southern) has received £899,989 to provide Families Moving Forward. Workers will help families to invest a personal budget in the services they need such as counselling, parenting support and debt advice.
In Southend-on-Sea, dedicated support workers will help families to set up action plans to map out how they will achieve their goals. The Stronger Families, Future Communities project was awarded £893,616 to help 700 families and will be led by Family Action.
Family Action will also be leading work in Haringey where the Building Bridges project received £900,000 to help 240 families. A key worker will work with families in their own homes to develop action plans to achieve family goals.
The projects have received funding from Big's Improving Futures programme, which is investing up to £26m in schemes across the UK that provide more joined-up and earlier support to families with multiple and complex problems.
Each lead organisation will work with voluntary and public services in their community to deliver the projects.
Big Lottery Fund Vestia Community Trust Learning Links Families Moving Forward