Charities have distributed more than £1m to families who are struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.
A spokesman for Barnardo’s said, since the start of the pandemic, Barnardo’s Scotland and Action for Children Scotland have been supporting families who have been worst hit by the pandemic.
The two charities have, between them, reached the milestone of distributing more than £1m of support to children, young people and families.
The spokesman said during the coronavirus pandemic funds have been distributed to families through the charities’ community-based services across Scotland, preventing a great number from falling into crisis.
From food shopping, payment of fuel bills and emergency cash payments to providing digital equipment, the two leading children’s charities front-line staff have gone above and beyond to make sure families who have been hit the hardest during this pandemic weren’t forgotten.
Martin Crewe, director of Barnardo’s Scotland, said, although pupils have returned to school, life is still very far from ‘normal’ for many and Barnardo’s Scotland is still seeing the need for emergency support.
‘The Scottish Wellbeing Fund has been a lifeline for many children, young people and families across Scotland.
‘It has enabled us to get practical support to those most in need with the minimum of bureaucracy – every penny has gone straight to those who need it with all administration costs absorbed by the two charities.
‘We have also worked in close partnership with local authorities, individual Schools and local charities to maximise our impact. We hope to continue supporting those children, young people and families most affected by the pandemic through whatever means we can.’
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