North Lanarkshire care groups get £730k funding from council

Services which support carers in North Lanarkshire are set to benefit from more than £730,000 of funding from the local authority.

North Lanarkshire Council announced it would be investing £737,500 throughout 2011 and 2012 into groups which support carers in the area.

Organisations such as Alzheimer Scotland, North Lanarkshire Carers Together and Watch Us Grow, a weekly craft class for those with learning disabilities, are all set to benefit from the local authority funding.

Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing and social work, said: “Carers play a vital role in our communities, looking after some of the most vulnerable people and helping improve their quality of life.”

Most of the grants have been allocated, however, there will be almost £8,000 of funding given out as the financial year goes on.

Councillor McCulloch added: “The Carers Strategy for Scotland states that unpaid carers save Scottish local authorities and health services billions of pounds every year.

“The council works in partnership with these carers and carers’ organisations to ensure they receive the support they need and deserve, and the services provided through these grants is a key part of that.”