We are delighted to have been granted £30,000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation towards our community building work in the east of Scotland.
The Community Builder work is in Sighthill (the Calders), Moredun and Menzieshill in Dundee; zones which rank in the top 1st, 2nd and 3rd most deprived 10% in Scotland.
This means that residents are at significant risk of experiencing homelessness because they are living with the highest rates of: unemployment and low income; poor mental and physical health; educational gaps; inadequate housing and crime.
Sadly, if experienced within their family home, these multiple challenges can root early on in a child’s life and manifest as an unending cycle of homelessness in adulthood.
We know in the fight to stop homelessness, prevention is key. We place Community Support and Development Workers into these communities to build relationships with individuals and families and through conversation, discover and put in place services and groups that are of interest to them.
From the Connect Café in Menziehills, Dundee to the after school Buddy Group in Edinburgh, these projects are targeted to local needs and work in partnership with churches to empower and strengthen communities.
Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which now gives away approximately £80 million a year to charities across the UK.