COMMUNITY groups across Glasgow are celebrating a multi-million pound windfall.

Thirty community groups and charities across Glasgow have been awarded over £1.2m in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund.

PAMIS who provide support to young people with learning disabilities across Glasgow have received £143,948. Elizabeth McBride who is the Moving on Transitions Manager for the organisations welcomed the funding. She said: "The players of The National Lottery have enabled a life line project to be funded where vital support, information and guidance can be offered to families in Glasgow during a time when they often feel confused, stressed, worried and completely overwhelmed.

"PAMIS and the families PAMIS support are extremely grateful to the players contribution to The National Lottery and the project. Thank-you!"

Hillhead Boys also netted £5,100 from the fund which will allow them to run mental health awareness and a suicide prevention scheme. Brian Hay, who founded the club said: “On behalf of everyone at the Club, I would like to thank everyone who plays The National Lottery for this funding to help us implement our mental health awareness and suicide prevention scheme, Headspace.

"We’ve now been able to introduce a weekly programme in Glasgow that gives young adults aged between 13 and 18 nutritional fitness advice from trained instructors.

"We hope also to give them the ability to both support them and help point them in the right direction if they are suffering from any mental health issues.”

The groups were praised for their work by Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund, Kate Still. She said: “These projects, working across Glasgow, are rising to the challenges of COVID-19 and supporting local people to stay connected with each other in these unprecedented times. National Lottery players can be proud to know that the money they raise is making such a difference across Scotland.”

National Lottery players raise £30 million every week for good causes in the UK. The National Lottery Community Fund in Scotland is currently focusing its funding on those projects that supporting organisations and communities to respond to the challenge of COVID-19.