£½Million Lotto Boost For East Park's Expansion Project

The logo of the Big Lottery FundThe Breaking Ground celebrations at East ParkThe garden at the back of East Park School.

A fundraising drive to expand facilities at Maryhill's East Park additional needs school, has received a £½million Big Lottery Fund boost.

East Park, which provides a school and home for children and young people with complex additional needs, is one of three Glasgow based organisations sharing grants worth £1,595,027.

Thanks to funding of £513,906, East Park is now one step closer to creating a new £3 million development of four single classrooms for children who need one-to-one teaching, a respite centre, accommodation for four young people and an outdoor classroom.

East Park's Executive Director, Judy Cromarty, said "We are absolutely thrilled to have the backing of the Big Lottery Fund for our 'Strategies for Life Project'. The project is due for completion by August 2016 when we will welcome the children who will benefit from the new service. The children at East Park are achieving great things and thanks to the Big Lottery Fund we are now able to help more children with complex additional support needs reach their potential."

Two other projects benefiting from the £1.5m grant from the Big Lottery Fund are: Glasgow City Council's 'Connect 2 project' an employment, education and training programme for 16 to 19 year olds in Glasgow; and St. George's and St. Peter's Community Association's 'Daffodil Club' supporting older people in Easterhouse.

Big Lottery Fund Scotland Chair, Maureen McGinn, said: "Today's funding will make huge difference to people of all ages living in and around Glasgow.  In Maryhill, our investment will help East Park create a first class facility for children who have the most complex additional needs; while over in Easterhouse, it will help bring isolated older people together to enjoy a range of activities. I'm also delighted that young school leavers will benefit through intensive one to one support to help lead them on to employment and training opportunities."

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