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Funding package opens to child abuse support organisations

23 September 2019

A new fund to help organisations that support survivors of childhood abuse is open to applications from today.

The Scottish Government has provided the money to improve access to services which can reduce the impact of inequalities and disadvantage people experience as a result of childhood abuse.

These could range from individual talking therapies and group work to peer support, physical and outdoor activities, arts and cultural activities.

The fund succeeds the current Survivor Support Innovation & Development Fund, managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by Inspiring Scotland. Up to £2.5m will be available each year over the next four years. This includes £1.6m increased investment to strengthen capacity and broaden access to services.

Scottish registered charities, community-based organisations and eligible social enterprises can apply for assistance. 

The application process is managed on behalf of the Scottish Government by Inspiring Scotland. Applications will be reviewed by a new panel, involving people with lived and professional experience of abuse, which will make recommendations on awards, with final decisions to be made by ministers. The deadline for bids is Friday 1 November 2019.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman commented: “Many third sector and community-based organisations are doing remarkable work with survivors of abuse, reducing inequalities, improving mental and physical wellbeing and reducing social isolation.

“We know that individuals' needs vary considerably and so we expect to see a wide variety of creative and high quality applications, aiming to strengthen resilience and wellbeing, and connect our local communities.”

Inspiring Scotland chief executive Celia Tennant said the Innovation & Development Fund, which comprises 25 charities across Scotland, "has helped survivors who have told us directly how they have benefitted from this work".

She added: “This fund has enabled us to take significant steps towards the key Scottish Government commitment of reducing inequality for survivors and it is encouraging to see a new fund announced today, which will build on the successes so far, while striving to make further progress towards this ambition." 

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