Scotland’s Largest Children’s Charity to put families at the heart of digital services


Two of Scotland’s leading children’s charities are amongst the first voluntary sector organisations to be awarded grants as part of the National Lottery Community Fund’s new Digital Fund.

Aberlour Child Care Trust and Children 1st are today (Monday 15th July 2019) sharing in £863,506 from this UK wide fund. In total, eight organisations across the UK have been successful within this round and will receive funding of £3.4 million to help them grow their digital capabilities, particularly around their operations and service delivery.

Scotland’s largest children’s charity, with over 140 years’ experience of supporting families across the country to flourish is set to transform the way it delivers its support services, thanks to an award of £491,610. Aberlour Child Care Trust will use the funding to help redesign its services ensuring that children, young people and families can quickly access digitally enabled support before and when they are in crisis. Central to this will be involving young people and families in shaping the design and delivery of services.

SallyAnn Kelly, Chief Executive Officer of Aberlour, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be awarded this significant fund from The National Lottery Community Fund. This will enable us to progress with our ambitious plans to modernise our organisation and approaches in order that we reach more children and their families faster before they reach crisis point.”

Announcing the funding Maureen McGinn, The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland Chair, said: “It’s great to see two major children’s charities in Scotland sharing in the first awards from our Digital Fund. Both organisations will put the families they support at the heart of their digital services to transform them for the benefit of Scotland’s children and young people. I am delighted that National Lottery players are helping to make this possible.”

In addition to the grants, the successful projects will all now benefit from being part of an ecosystem of support set up for Digital Fund grantees, made up of Doteveryone, CAST, Shift, Snook, The Dot Project, and a network of coaches and mentors. This support will range from help with recruitment and Board level engagement through to responsible tech practices, service design and data audits.

They will also collectively document and share learning between themselves and the wider sector – a key aim for The National lottery Community Fund when setting up the Digital Fund.
The digital fund was developed through a series of one-to-one interviews and workshops, and builds on The National Lottery Community Fund’s previous experience of supporting the voluntary sector’s digital transition, which extends back over a decade.

Today’s announcement is also a key part of The National Lottery Community Fund’s commitment to enabling civil society to be fit for the future – supporting organisations and the voluntary sector to create opportunities to help local communities thrive.

To find out more visit www.TNLCommunityFund.org.uk

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