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Delegates speak from Improving Futures event

27 January 2012

On Thursday the Big Lottery Fund announced awards totalling £15.2m for 17 groundbreaking projects across the UK that will help transform the lives of young children growing up in families with multiple problems.

These projects will see, for the first time, some of the largest charities working alongside smaller community groups and local public services, from schools and GPs to volunteers and peers, to explore new ways of improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

On the day, Big Lottery Fund Chief Executive, Peter Wanless, hosted an event for representatives from the 17 partnerships to come together with other stakeholders and hear from two leading experts in the field of family and children’s services: Consultant and Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University, Naomi Eisenstadt and Chief Executive of 4Children, Anne Longfield.

Delegates also heard from two of the projects, Aberlour Child Care Trust and Sunderland Association Football Club Foundation, who gave an insight into their respective projects, as well as Ecorys, who will be leading a robust evaluation of the Improving Futures programme that will be a significant source of learning.

BIG chatted to Anne Longfield to hear about the social and economic importance of early intervention and the challenges of making an impact.

Derek Gray from Aberlour Child Care Trust talks to BIG about how the Dundee Early Intervention Teams hopes to help local families.

BIG talks to Ken Teears from Sunderland Association Football Club Foundation to hear how they plan to roll out their model across the city.

Nicola Smith from Ecorys tells BIG about the evaluation plans for the Improving Futures programme.

Yasmin Batliwala tells us about the work that is ahead of the BIG-funded Westminster Drug Project.

Presentation slides follow from the speakers who attended on the day:

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