About the Charity

Barnardo’s has a long, rich history of helping vulnerable children, dating back 150 years. In 1870, they opened their first boys’ home to help house children facing extreme poverty, give them vocational training and a chance at a better life. Since then, they have continued to expand their adoption and fostering services whilst also diversifying their support to include many different services all designed to help children facing adversity.

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The Funding Process

Barnardo’s completed our proposals process in February 2020. Following consultation with our grants team they applied for 3 years of funding towards core cost to support the overall Nurture offer. This support offer allowed flexibility to continue to be client-led rather than bound to the delivery of very specific projects.

In February 2020 Trustees awarded £45,000 grant to be paid in equal instalments over 3 years.

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How has the funding helped?

Working with roughly 50 families a year, each family has a dedicated Nurture Family Support Worker. Together, they will co-develop a support plan to address the family’s unique strengths, needs and circumstances. Alongside regular and intensive 1:1 support, early years families can also access additional parenting programmes (Five to Thrive), a 12-week prenatal group, Dads group, new Mums’ group and a Play & Development group for preschool aged children.

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"I have been given help and support to overcome my own barriers and be more confident in my abilities. My family life is a lot more settled and although I know I have work to do even if I do have a wee lapse I can bounce back quicker. As for my daughter she had somebody to speak to about her feelings and as a family we are so much happier. I cannot thank the Nurture team enough for all the help I have received."

Karen, single mum to two children

Success in numbers

families supported in Inverclyde.
nearly 600 children and young people and their parents and carers.
% reported improved health and wellbeing, which has a positive impact on their children’s wellbeing as well.


Barnardo’s offer very specialised, tailored support for the families where Social Work frequently does not have the time to provide the often intense and focused support required to build the resilience, confidence and skills of vulnerable families and this is what makes the difference. If you think you too could benefit from Cattanach funding, please get in touch so that we can explore how we may be able to help you by providing funding. You can find all the information you need about our funding criteria and the application process here.