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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Tuesday 7 & Wednesday 8 November  |  EICC, Edinburgh  |  #SCVOGathering

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Family Fund - so what difference does it make?

Family Fund

Thursday 16 June
Time slot
This event took place 8 months ago
Wheelchair accessible
Salena Begley
Evaluation & impact Funding & fundraising Families and communities
Who was the event aimed at?

Frontline service delivery

Who spoke at this event?
Salena Begley MBE, Family Fund Partnership Engagement Manager- Scotland

Family Carer/s- To be confirmed
Event summary and materials

What was covered in your sessions?

Background information about Family Fund and our key grants schemes in Scotland

The financial challenges facing of families on a low income raising disabled children and young people

The difference that Family Fund grants make

Nicky Foley who is a parent carer, spoke about their experience of caring and the impact of the pandemic. Nicky emphasised the need for organisations and practitioners to improve the support they provide by listening to, and believing carers, recognising the trauma that many have experienced. Nicky identified the need for deeper understanding, and the provision of improved follow up services and practical financial support. 

Was there any useful feedback or reflection from the participants?

Some of the attendees had previous knowledge of Family Fund and volunteered comments about how Family Fund had been ‘a lifesaver’ to them and/or families they work with.

Other attendees were learning about Family Fund or the first time and reflected on the potential for them to help us reach many more families in Scotland. 

How people can find out more or get involved in your work?

To find out more about Family Fund you can go to our website:

You can also connect with us on social media:

  • @familyfund
  • @family_fund

To find out more about our work in Scotland, or to explore partnership opportunities, contact:

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