Fife association celebrates World Animal Day with national lottery
A Fife charity that harnesses the healing power of animals to support separated siblings in the care system is joining funded projects and charities across the UK to highlight the incredible stories of animals that come together with humans to improve their lives.
Monday was World Animal Day (October 4), an annual event that aims to raise the status of animals around the world. As a tribute to our animal friends who make the world a better place, on World Animal Day 2021, the National Lottery shines a light on the wonderful stories about the way animals, through some of its funded projects and charities across the UK are putting their best foot forward to help those in need across the country.
National Lottery funding goes to a wide range of animal-related projects – from urban and community farms; fund the training of rescue dogs to help emergency services during natural disasters; projects that support people with disabilities and behavior problems; and projects that provide animal-assisted therapy – to support people and improve their well-being.
In the past five years alone, the National Lottery Community Fund has awarded more than £ 17million to nearly 200 animal-related projects across the UK that support those most in need.
STAR Siblings Reunited in Fife is one of the organizations putting their best foot forward with the support of the National Lottery. The charity is the only service in Scotland that helps reunite siblings who have been separated into the care system.
The National Lottery gave them a cash boost of £ 60,000 in 2019 for their wildlife project.
Managed from its unique farming environment, it provides a safe, fun and exhilarating learning environment where children can foster emotional bonds and help overcome the trauma associated with separation from their siblings in a natural, calming environment. and funny.
The charity Fife was started in 2013 by founder Karen Morrison, with the aim of helping to reunite families.
Karen, who provided foster homes for the children, said: “Seeing their little faces, it was just devastating how they had the weight of the world on their shoulders.
“Animals help in a lot of ways. Many children did not have many role models growing up and we can help them take care of animals and show them how to give love to animals. It was huge.
“We had a four year old who didn’t want to talk – a pretty traumatized little girl. We took her to the animal farm, and that’s where we first heard her speak – when she was petting the animals.
“She didn’t trust adults, but she could trust animals and it really helped her regain her confidence.
“It just shows the power animals can have with people – that unspoken emotional connection.”
The STAR Siblings Reunited project operates from a farm near Cupar and gives siblings the opportunity to spend quality time together – the charity has enabled over 300 estranged siblings to be reunited .
Over £ 30million goes to national lottery good causes across the country every week, making life-saving projects like these possible.
The association expanded its work with a grant from the National Lottery in 2019. This enabled it to provide volunteer-supervised contacts for separated siblings through foster care, d ” residential placement, adoption or foster care.
With more demand than ever before, funding for the National Lottery has been found to be essential in helping STAR Siblings Reunited run smoothly.
Karen added, “The national lottery has helped tremendously. We were the first charity of our kind and we are a very different charity. The National Lottery took a leap of faith with us and they gave STAR a chance to take off and we are there now. ”
Animals have long been known to be a source of comfort and support for humans and for many – nothing compares to the joy of coming home with a faithful companion. But it’s not just love and camaraderie in our daily lives that they offer as David Knott, Interim CEO of the National Lottery Community Fund explains:
“Thanks to the National Lottery players, these projects and the amazing animals they work with are changing people’s lives,” he says.
“Whether they help improve mental health, reduce loneliness, or provide physical support, they improve people’s well-being and confidence so they can better thrive and thrive. ”
To find out more about how the National Lottery supports good causes across the UK, visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk