Scottish Government hands out nearly £1m for training and development

Funding to improve professionalism and help organisations to develop their potential

Sixty-seven voluntary organisations in Scotland have received a total of £900,000 from the Scottish Government for staff training and development.

The Voluntary Sector Development Fund, which the Scottish Government set up in 2001 to help staff in voluntary care organisations to be trained to meet registration standards set by the Scottish Social Services Council, awarded the grants this week.

Successful applicants include charities that help forces veterans, care charities and housing associations.

The fund has awarded £6.5m since it was established in 2001 and is expected to hand out another £900,000 in 2011.

Adam Ingram, minister for children and early years, said the funding would improve professionalism and enable organisations to develop to their full potential.

Celia Carson, policy manager for skills and workforce at the SCVO, said it was an "invaluable source of funding, which guarantees that our society has a properly qualified and trained social care workforce".

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