Giving children a good start

Eyemouth P7 pupils helping out with planting seedlings that will be transplanted to the Connect allotment later on

Eyemouth P7 pupils helping out with planting seedlings that will be transplanted to the Connect allotment later on

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A joint venture by the Big Lottery Fund and Scottish Government to provide £6m of funding to help children get the best start in life has issued its last round of grants.

In its final awards of cash, the Community and Families Fund shared £511,412 between 83 different community groups across Scotland, six of them in the Borders.

A total of £33,146 from the fund went to Borders organisations, the two biggest beneficiaries being Connect Berwickshire Youth Project and Play Borders.

Connect was awarded £10,000 to continue the outdoor play element of its previously Community and Families Fund-subsidised project providing families with play, active learning, healthy eating and other support.

Play Borders received £9,460 to provide 15 drop-in play sessions across the region’s more remote communities.

Maureen McGinn, chairwoman of the Big Lottery Fund’s Scotland committee, said: “Since its launch in May 2012, the Communities and Families Fund has helped to give Scotland’s next generation the best start in life.

“The programme has supported a wide range of activities in 32 local authorities, showing how small amounts of funding can often make the biggest difference.

“The groups funded have put children and their needs at the heart of their work, creating a legacy of which we are proud to have been a part.”