Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart has welcomed the allocation of £119,817 to an adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse project in Kirkcaldy.
The Kingdom Abuse Survivors project, based in Kirkcaldy, operates throughout Fife to provide counselling to adults affected by childhood sexual abuse.
It is understood that the project, which relies on volunteers, will be used to employ a volunteer co-ordinator who will manage and recruit people to support its counselling provision.
The Big Lottery Fund is funded by the Scottish Government.
Dean Lockhart MSP said:
‘’This is excellent news for the project and the recruitment of a co-ordinator will help to sustain the crucial work that they do across the region.
‘’In dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse it is important to recognise its long term effects and links with mental health problems, physical health and wellbeing, alcohol and drug misuse, physical abuse, domestic violence and homelessness.
‘’I have submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, which has already gathered support from MSP colleagues, welcoming this funding announcement – and I look forward to hearing about the benefit this will bring to those affected in Fife.’’
The motion text can be found below:
Motion Number: S5M-13594
Lodged By: Dean Lockhart
Date Lodged: 21/08/2018
Title: Funding for Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project
That the Parliament congratulates Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project in Kirkcaldy on securing £119,817 from the Big Lottery Fund; acknowledges that the project operates throughout Fife to provide counselling to adults who have been affected by childhood sexual abuse, whether they be survivors, family members or friends; recognises that as a project, which relies on volunteers, this funding will be used to employ a volunteer coordinator who will manage and recruit more volunteers to support the delivery of counselling provision and to develop groups to offer support to those on the waiting list, where it can take six to eight months to get a counselling place; praises the work undertaken by all those involved in the Kingdom Abuse Survivors Project to help adults whose lives have been affected by childhood sexual abuse, and wishes them every success moving forward.