We try and keep local centres updated on potential funds that they can apply for to keep their vital service running, so are thrilled that this application has been successful. Bridport Child Contact Centre is celebrating after receiving almost £700 in National Lottery funding to support their work remotely during the Pandemic. The new funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, which distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes and is the largest funder in the UK, has enabled non-resident parents and grandparents to have access to their children via Zoom throughout the lockdown periods. Bridport’s centre co-ordinator told us:

The funding has allowed us to purchase a new dedicated laptop to ensure confidentiality and pay for Zoom access for a year. The use of the local Children’s Centre, where we operate from, had not been allowed during the first lockdown and it meant that non-resident parents would not have seen their children or had any contact with them. Thanks to this funding, children have been able to engage with their parent and with grandparents in some cases. With support, they can continue to build positive relationships which importantly supports the emotional health and well being of the children.

They went on to say “After lockdown, our ability to continue to use Zoom is invaluable for ongoing support to both parents and children when other situations arise that prevent visiting the Contact Centre. We are delighted that the National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way.”

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