Cash bost for vulnerable families

VULNERABLE families in East Dunbartonshire are to benefit from a cash boost of £150,000 to help support them.

The money will be used by Addaction, the UK’s leading specialist drug and alcohol treatment charity and has been awarded by Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland’s Partnership Drugs Initiative.

Christine McCauley, Addaction Service Manager, said: “We will be working with around 25 to 30 families each year where there are children up to the age of five who are being affected by parental substance misuse.

“Often these families end up being fairly chaotic, which means the safety and well-being of the children may not be a priority. Most of our support will be very practical, working in family homes establishing routines, introducing boundaries, promoting consistency and improving parenting skills.”

The programme will aso support pregnant women, educating them on the impact of substance misuse on their unborn babies and ensuring they attend ante-natal and relevant health appointments.

The funding is for three years and will help pay for the three members of staff who will run the project. Within East Dunbartonshire, the project is jointly funded by the Alcohol and Drug Partnership and Children and Families Social Work departments.

Mary Craig OBE, Chief Executive of Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland, said: “Everyone agrees that children should have the best start in life, and be able to grow up feeling safe. For some children this isn’t their experience, and the work Addaction will be doing in East Dunbartonshire will help change that.”

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