Borders youngsters benefit from £350K lottery grant

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The Big Lottery fund is giving almost £350,000 to help Borders youngsters who are leaving care to live independent lives.

The £347,036 award to the Transitions Project, which was jointly developed by Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA) and Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) Social Work Department, includes the provision of four self-contained flats and a training flat for young people where specialist advisors provide support enabling them to develop a full range of skills to sustain their tenancies and develop skills for employment.

SBHA chief executive Julia Mulloy said: “We are delighted to have received this funding from the Big Lottery. It is tremendous news for young people moving to independent living in the Scottish Borders.

“It allows SBHA to further its commitment to work in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to support marginalised young people and to continue the delivery of this successful Project.”

Stella Everingham, SBC’s head of service for integrated children’s service commented: “This funding will play a significant role in supporting some of the most vulnerable young people in the region as they move to independent living.

“This is a vital boost for a successful multi-agency partnership which is supporting young people face the future with confidence.”