Rona Mackay welcomes funding boost to East Dunbartonshire child domestic abuse service

A MENTAL health group has been praised by Strathkelvin and Bearsden’s MSP after a gigantic funding windfall.


East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health has been awarded a £285,324 grant to help children recovering from domestic abuse, it was announced on Tuesday July 20.


The cash injection comes from The Big Lottery Fund and will help continue CEDAR (children experiencing domestic abuse recovery) project for another three years.


The CEDAR approach is a unique way of working with mothers and children, helping them to recover from domestic abuse by finding a safe place while they deal with their experiences and begin to rebuild their lives.


Rona Mackay MSP welcomed the funding and congratulated the group for their successful application.


“It is brilliant news that East Dunbartonshire Association for Mental Health is able to continue its CEDAR programme for another three years.


“It’s integral the work the association has been doing to help children recovering from domestic abuse in my constituency goes on.


“The heartbreaking reality is local children have been at the end of abuse, and truly need the help the association provides. I wish them all the best for the future and would welcome hearing about any progress the group makes.”


Manager Dianne Devil welcomed the funding.


She said: “We are absolutely delighted at the news of three years further funding.


“We will now be able to continue to provide a family-led, peer-based and therapeutic journey of recovery for children and their mothers recovering from the effects of domestic abuse in East Dunbartonshire.


“Local families will receive a holistic, multi-levelled service which will improve the child, and their mother’s, mental health and offer access and engagement in education and employment opportunities alongside recovering from the trauma of domestic abuses.


“This will no doubt provide transformational, meaningful and long lasting change for children and their mothers in our area. We are all so thankful to the Big Lottery fund for their continued and incredible support.”

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Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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