Life Chances Fund to change lives in Plymouth

Up to 40 women in Plymouth are set to benefit after Plymouth City Council secured an in-principle grant of £540k from the Life Chances Fund.

Over the next three years, the money will go towards the development of a new service in Plymouth, specifically for families experiencing a cycle of repeated care proceedings, to try and prevent it happening again in the future.

For a variety of reasons, some children are unable to live at home and so are placed in long term care or adopted.

In Plymouth, as in other areas of the country, some families experience this more than once.

Councillor Terri Beer, Cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: “We are delighted to be one of the first 10 areas to reach this stage of the Life Chances Fund grant process.

“Ultimately, our aim is for all Plymouth children to have the best start in life and achieve their full potential; we are therefore very pleased to have the support of the Life Chances Fund as we look for new ways to help some of our most vulnerable families.”

The council-run project is one of ten to received funding across the country.

The Life Chances Fund has been created by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DfDCMS) which aims to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives.