Funding of the national mission for a community project


The charity will increase support for recovering drug addicts.

The Bluevale Community Club of Glasgow has received nearly £ 100,000 to enable them to continue their recovery and wellness services, helping their work in the community and with people recovering from problematic substance use.

Premier Nicola Sturgeon will confirm funding over the next two years during a visit to their recovery club which opened earlier this year.

The Prime Minister will also visit the community club’s sports facilities which offer a range of activities for youth and adults, including boxing, personal training and muscle endurance classes focused on improving mental health and physical limbs.

The Prime Minister said:

“The work the Bluevale Community Club is doing in their area to help people lead healthier lifestyles through their activity classes and recovery centers is fantastic. This is a great example of how sustained and meaningful activities and supportive social networks are essential to building stronger communities.

“The funding of almost £ 100,000 will help them focus on expanding these services and providing employment for young people who have given their time for free so far.

“The rights of individuals to access effective treatment and support underpin our national drug strategy. But we know there is more to do to make these rights a reality, which is why we have launched the National Mission supported by an additional £ 250million over the next five years to improve and increase access services for people affected by drug addiction – including a £ 100million investment in residential rehabilitation.

“We are determined that every penny of this will make a difference for everyone affected by this public health emergency. “

Bluevale Founder and Project Manager Kenny Trainer said:

“We welcome the visit of the Prime Minister and Douglas Ross to see firsthand not only what we are trying to achieve here at the Bluevale Community Club, but also to meet the people who remind us daily why we do it.

‘We have run our club on a voluntary basis and welcome the investment from the Scottish Government which will allow us to employ two part-time staff, which will allow us to focus more on developing a whole community response. to recovery. Before this funding, we didn’t know if we were going to last beyond Christmas. We will continue to seek other alternatives to fill the additional shortfall in achieving our charity’s mission and ambition.

“We are now calling on all parties, and both governments, to put their political differences aside and agree on how we can solve Scotland’s problems not just nationally, but locally – ensuring to ensure that any investment reaches the heart of our communities where it will have the greatest impact. We have seen too many friends and family die while seeking the help they need and that is why we support any rights-based approach to drug treatment – a approach based on accountability to decision-makers where necessary.

Background

The Bluevale Community Club is a registered charity that helps community members lead healthy, active lives. They offer fitness, nutrition, mental health and addiction support classes. They link with local nurseries and schools, clubs and organizations to ensure a comprehensive support network within the community.

The £ 99,588 funding Bluevale has received from the Local Support Fund is part of the £ 2.5million the Scottish government has invested since March 2021 in third sector and grassroots organizations that provide frontline services for support people with problematic drug use.

Before this investment, the organization operated with 24 volunteer staff members and 4 young employees funded by the Step-up program which supports young people towards employment under the Youth Guarantee. This funding will allow the club to recruit two of the part-time volunteers.


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