Children's organisations share £100,000 in lottery funding

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A forest school project run by the Scottish Wildlife Trust is one of the beneficiaries of the latest round of grants for children from the Big Lottery Fund.

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The Scottish Wildlife Trust has received a grant to run free forest school sessions for local primary school children

Healthy cookery courses, support for teenage mothers and outdoor play are some of the projects that will share £111,191 from the Communities and Families Fund, supported by the Scottish government and the Big Lottery Fund.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust will use its grant of £9,400 to develop outdoor learning opportunities at Grangemouth’s Jupiter Urban Wildlife Centre for the Wild Woods programme to encourage more local children to attend the centre.

Rosie Black, a Jupiter ranger from the Scottish Wildlife Trust, said the centre provides a crucial greenspace where local children can learn and play. Around 1,500 local school children attended educational sessions with the trust last year.

‘Thanks to the Communities and Families Fund this number will not only increase, it will see a wider range of educational opportunities become available, with pupils now able to take part in forest school sessions that will be offered free of charge to local primary schools and run in conjunction with Under the Trees,’ she said.

Two early years organisations receive £10,000 each.

The North Berwick Community Centre Management Committee, East Lothian, has received funding to provide childcare provision for mothers with post natal depression.

Dennistoun Early Years Centre, Glasgow, will support parents with young children with trips, and the chance for outdoor play, which many lack.  

Meanwhile, Grange Pre-School Playgroup, Angus, has received a grant of £8,885 to refurbish its playground and garden, so children can plant and grow their own food.