More than £230,000 has been handed to nine worthy causes in Renfrewshire by the National Lottery Community Fund.

The Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau will use its £94,415 award to pilot a money advice and advocacy support service to pregnant people on the Special Needs in Pregnancy Service pathway.

The project at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, in Paisley, aims to reduce child poverty by improving financial capability and stability for families in need.

Nicola Matheson, funding and service development officer at Renfrewshire Citizens Advice Bureau, said: "This vital support will allow us to hire a dedicated project team who will work closely with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde maternity services to deliver essential advice and advocacy services to women across Clyde.

"Without the financial backing from The National Lottery, this project would not have been possible."

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St Vincent's Hospice, in Howwood, has been given £92,632 to employ an additional community nurse specialist and introduce a new initial contact nurse role.

These new posts will reshape the hospice's in-home palliative care service, and increase the capacity of the service to meet the increased needs of the community.

An award of £10,000 goes to Erskine veterans' charity to fund materials and equipment to support the provision of activities and classes for the veteran community at the Erskine Reid Macewen Activities Centre, in Bishopton.

The Buddies of Hunterhill has been handed £8,160 to run their intergenerational amateur dramatic group and performances for their community.

There is also a £7,500 grant for Paisley-based PACHEDU to fund their 'Kodzero' project, which will support young people aged between eight and 16 from black, ethnic minority backgrounds to be more visible and active in their communities.

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Ogechi Agboroh, mentor at the project, said: "My goal is to guide and empower these young ones, fostering a positive mindset, instilling confidence, and nurturing life skills. 

"Beyond practical knowledge, I aim to build connections, instigate positive change, signpost and inspire these individuals to be happy and believe in themselves as I was taught."

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) will use its £6,995 award to provide outdoor activities for local people experiencing the consequences of mental ill health.

Renfrewshire Effort to Empower Minorities has been given £6,989 to fund a cultural celebration event, bringing together people from minority ethnic backgrounds and the wider community, in the spirit of increasing understanding and community cohesion.

There is also a £2,700 grant for Johnstone Sound to fund a mobile studio for the community radio station.

The final award, for £1,189, goes to Erskine Parish Church to expand their current youth and refugee programme of boxing for fitness to adults in the community.