Up-2-Us provides accommodation, care and housing support services to vulnerable and high risk children and young people in the care and justice system throughout West Central Scotland.
Time for Change focusses on girls up to 21 years old who can be self-referred or be referred from West of Scotland Social Work or Secure Accommodation. The majority of the girls who use Time for Change have been in care and over 40% have mental health issues. Project workers provide one-to-one outreach support in the Community and are also based in HMP Cornton Vale one day a week to provide advice, liaison with other services and transitional support.
The £2,000 funding will cover costs to launch a pilot programme for Time for Change called Project Quilt. Project Quilt will allow the girls to tell their story through creative means. The girls can print memories onto material to make bags, clothing, pillow cases and more. The end result will be a large patchwork quilt made by the pieces from stories sewn together. This will be a symbol of the progress the girls have made in their lives.
Throughout the project the participants will learn new skills, gain confidence and build friendships.
Gail Wilson from Time for Change said; “We are ecstatic to have received £2,000 from the Women’s Fund for Scotland and are excited to start plans for Project Quilt.
The things we can now achieve with this funding is so exciting.”