The Big Lottery Fund has awarded more than £1m to charities in Scotland that help vulnerable people learn skills and find employment.
Includem, a charity that supports young offenders and other vulnerable young people, has received £999,999 to help those aged between 16 and 24 to avoid reoffending and find employment.
The environmental charity Moffat Can has received £222,555 for its Re. Generate project, which will provide 75 traineeships and volunteer placements in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway. The money will be used to support people with mental health problems, recovering addicts and young people not in education to find jobs in the recycling and environmental sectors.
Grants have also been awarded to: the Craigmillar Literacy Trust, a charity that encourages parents and carers to share stories with babies; Rathbone Training, a charity that supports young people; Golspie Recycling and Environmental Action Network, a social enterprise that provides recycling services in the Highlands; the Shirlie Project, which helps people in the Highlands find employment; and the Isle of Luing Community Trust, which will use the money to fund a heritage centre.
Maureen McGinn, chair of the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, said: "Today’s awards will improve the lives of many Scots, providing a range of opportunities for people to move forward with their job prospects and positively engage with the communities in which they live."
Reg Fairbairn, recycling officer at Moffat Can, said: "The money will enable us to provide much-needed training and work experience for young people in our area.
"With this money. we hope to create life-changing opportunities for many young people who would otherwise not be given a chance."