Clackmannanshire Council’s Family Wellbeing Partnership has hosted a second investment day in partnership with The Lens.
Nine organisations were successful in securing investment worth £75,000 to support their inspirational work in the community.
These were Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Parachute, Staying Connected, All Year Round School Uniform Bank, Shoulder to Shoulder, Connecting New Spaces, Common Ground, Team Park and Alloa Community Empowerment.
The cash will be used by these successful organisations, with delivery support from The Lens, to help fund a broad range of projects, including support services for refugees living in Clackmannanshire, developing outdoor spaces for people with dementia and offering support to those with sight-impairment.
The investment day marks the end of the partnership’s second intrapreneurship programme, which aimed to find and develop innovative ideas that would help families access the right support at the right time, enabling them to thrive and avoid crisis.
Council leader Ellen Forson, who opened the event at Alloa Town Hall, said: “This funding, which was made available by the council to build on the success of the first Clackmannanshire Family Wellbeing Partnership Intrapreneurship Programme, will give these groups a chance to make a real difference on the ground in their own communities.
“It’s vitally important that groups and communities are empowered to effect change in this way, after all they know their area and the issues it faces best.
“This Intrapreneurship Programme has been a great success and will surely create tangible and long lasting changes that will have a positive impact on families throughout Clackmannanshire.”
Lorraine Sanda, strategic director of people at Clackmannanshire Council and leader of the Family Wellbeing Partnership, said: “We launched our first Intrapreneurship Programme in partnership with The Lens last year to demonstrate our commitment to empowering families and communities.
“We were so impressed with the ideas that were put forward, that we decided to run a second programme to help us broaden our reach and develop even more ideas rooted in the voice of local people.
“I’d like to congratulate everyone who took part and would like to thank them for their ongoing commitment to ensuring Clackmannanshire is a great place for young people and families to live.”
Lynne O’Brien, director of programmes for The Lens, said: “We’d like to congratulate all those who presented their ideas. Their hard work and dedication have really shone through, and we’re delighted that they now have an opportunity to make their ideas a reality, improving the lives of local families living in Clackmannanshire."
Clackmannanshire’s Family Wellbeing Partnership programme is funded by the Social Innovation Partnership which is a collaboration between the Scottish Government, the Hunter Foundation and other partners.
The investment day was sponsored by Kingdom Housing Association and Clackmannanshire Tenants and Residents Federation (CTRF).