Jo welcomes lottery funding for GRACE

Local MP Jo Swinson has today welcomed the announcement that Group Recovery Aftercare Community Enterprise (GRACE) have successfully secured a grant of £83,617 after applying to The National Lottery Community Fund Scotland. 

Jo congratulated GRACE founder Robert Smith earlier today on winning the funding to deliver a three year project in Hillhead, Kirkintilloch and Auchinairn. The project is a continuation of the charity’s core work and will reach out to the two communities using personal development and a range of social wellbeing activities. The activities are designed to reduce social isolation and support those living through trauma, mental health issues and addiction by bringing groups together and encouraging shared learning.

Mr Smith, of Kirkintilloch, set up GRACE in 2013 after his own struggles with alcohol, offering people who have completed a recovery programme an outlet of aftercare support. GRACE prides itself on helping anyone who has suffered a life trauma, or who might be struggling with mental health issues, homelessness, social isolation, addiction, or gambling. As a peer-led charity it offers advice, volunteering opportunities, training and other support designed to build confidence and improve employment prospects to help people turn their lives around.

Commenting after her meeting with Mr Smith, Jo said:

“Life traumas can take many forms and strike at any time, whether it be losing a job, fighting addiction, or coping with mental health issues. The excellent work that GRACE has done over the last six years has provided a vital service to people in need of aftercare support while helping reduce stigma around these issues.

“GRACE is a shining example of a local charity supporting its community and I’m delighted that it has won this funding to continue to run its social wellbeing and personal development projects.”

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