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The statistics are frightening.

One in five children are living in poverty in Scotland. That works out at 220,000 children and young people living below the breadline in cities, towns and villages across all of the country's 32 local authorities.

What makes this even more troubling is thatp overty in Scotland is significantly higher than in other European countries.

Poverty defined

It is a term that is used but not everyone knows what it actually means.

People are considered as living in poverty if they live in households with less than 60% of average household income.

This means that a lone parent family with two children (aged between 5 and 14) are defined as living in poverty if they are living on less than £256 per week.

A couple with two children (aged between fiveand 14) are defined as living in poverty if they are living on less than £346 a week which averages out at just over £12 a day.

This is just not enough when you have to cover costs such as food, fuel bills, household goods and transport, and this is before additional extras like school trips, family trips and leisure activities are even accounted for.

Child poverty is not simply a consequence of long term unemployment. Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions' Households Below Average Income report show that - 61% of child poverty occurs in households where at least one adult is working.

A report by think-tank Demos indicates the full extent of the hardship experienced in Scotland across seven areas (low income, overcrowding, worklessness, ill health, no educational qualifications, mental health problems and poor neighbourhood).

Not getting better

A survey of both parents and children carried out by Save the Children in June 2012 showed the extent to which poverty affects families and children.

Six in ten parents in poverty had to cut back on food bills and 29% have bought less fresh fruit and vegetables because it's too expensive.

Eight out of ten parents in poverty have also had to borrow money to pay for essentials such as food and clothes.

While Scotland's child poverty fell by 9.9% in the decade to 2012, compared with 5.7% in England, research indicates that the UK relative child poverty rate will increase by up to 24% by 2020, resulting in an additional 53,000 children in Scotland living in poverty.

Where the STV Appeal has helped

In three years, the Appeal has donated to nearly 200 different projects across Scotland. Here are some of the programmes which have benefited.

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Aberdeen

Aberdeen Cyrenians

Aberdeen Cyrenians is a local charity providing services to those who are homeless, at risk of homelessness and vulnerable in the community. The organisation will use the grant from STV Appeal to upgrade of interview rooms and to provide emergency assistance.

Instant Neighbour

Instant Neighbour is a charity and social enterprise supporting vulnerable people across the North East. Since 1984 the organisation has provided practical help, advice and emotional support to over 290,000 people in the local area living below the poverty line.

The charity’s clients all suffer from inadequate housing, clothing and poor diet; consequently they live with poor health and an inferior quality of life. They also suffer socially by experiencing lack of choice and isolation, which leads to a lack of self- confidence.

Instant Neighbour accepts donations of good quality furniture and electrical items which they sell at low cost, and provides emergency food parcels on a daily basis. The organisation also stores furniture for people who have been evicted from their properties, offers a joinery service and runs Safe & Sound, a baby equipment lending scheme.

Street Soccer ‘Football for All’

Street Soccer Scotland is a multi award winning Social Enterprise which uses the power of football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland. Street Soccer deliver a range of programmes and services including regular drop in football sessions, national and regional tournaments, personal development courses and the Scotland Homeless World Cup Team. With support from the STV Appeal Street Soccer project will be delivered in four local authorities across Scotland - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Aberdeenshire

CHILDREN 1ST Early Years

The Early Years service works in partnership with nurseries in the Aberdeenshire to support the families of children aged three and four who need support and advice in relation to parenting. CHILDREN 1ST works with families to build a healthy, happy, safe and secure environment for their child. Support and advice is offered to families through one-to-one support sessions, covering issues such as playing with children, supporting children’s learning, budgeting, child health and nutrition, routines and boundary setting, or group work such as The Incredible Years child development, and sleep training.

Transitions, Children 1st

Transitions, a service delivered in Glasgow, Midlothian and Aberdeenshire, offers one-to-one and group therapeutic sessions to aid the recovery process for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. The project also aims to increase awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on children and raise awareness with children and young people about domestic abuse, promoting positive gender roles, increasing self-esteem and offering opportunities to seek help in schools.

Instant Neighbour

Instant Neighbour is a charity and social enterprise supporting vulnerable people across the North East. Since 1984 the organisation has provided practical help, advice and emotional support to over 290,000 people in the local area living below the poverty line.

The charity’s clients all suffer from inadequate housing, clothing and poor diet; consequently they live with poor health and an inferior quality of life. They also suffer socially by experiencing lack of choice and isolation, which leads to a lack of self- confidence.

Instant Neighbour accepts donations of good quality furniture and electrical items which they sell at low cost, and provides emergency food parcels on a daily basis. The organisation also stores furniture for people who have been evicted from their properties, offers a joinery service and runs Safe & Sound, a baby equipment lending scheme.

Angus

The Attic Youth Drop In Centre

Operated by Brechin Youth Project, The Attic is open four nights a week for young people aged 12 and over. Since opening in 2002, over 1,850 young people have joined the centre. Every week, youth workers run events including fun competitions, quiz nights and games nights, and more serious social issues such as sexual health, smoking, drugs, knife crime and alcohol are covered by workshops. Saltire Awards are given to young members who take responsibility for manning the cafe or helping run events.

The centre is the social hub for many young people in the Brechin area with pool tables, table tennis, table football, air hockey and games consoles available for members. The funding from STV Appeal will be used to fund the employment of youth workers as well as maintenance and new equipment.

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Argyll and Bute

HELP

HELP supports local young people in both Dunoon and Rothesay with housing, employment and life skills. The funding from STV Appeal will be used to support the organisation’s activities programme which includes sessions on healthy eating and parenting.

Clackmannanshire

Community House

Community House aims to build positive relationships throughout the community by raising self esteem, self confidence and aspirations through a wide range of activities. The project is a unique local facility for children, young people and adults to meet and share, with informal and person centred activities including after school clubs, family tea time and craft groups.

The Gate

The Gate was set up to prevent or relieve poverty and improve the conditions of people who are marginalized, facing exclusion, vulnerable or homeless in the Clackmannanshire area, by undertaking projects which offer practical help. The organisation runs a variety of projects, including Home Starter Packs, Soup Pot and a Foodbank service.

The funding from STV Appeal will help to support The Gate's aim to establish a community centre, including a drop-in cafe, training kitchens, showers, laundry and project work space, as well as a range of activities primarily focused on those who are disadvantaged in the community.

Hawkhill Community Centre

Hawkhill Community Centre provides free meals for the young people who attend the project's homework club and youth club. This initiative is run this on a daily basis with emphasis on offering a healthy balanced meal. The project also provides free dance classes for children in the local area. The funding from STV Appeal will ensure that the children's activities are kept running in 2014.

Dumfries and Galloway

Apex Scotland

Apex Scotland works with people of all ages and backgrounds who are the most disadvantaged and disengaged from society. They may be young people who are offending or re-offending and Apex Scotland promotes desistance and enabling them to re-engage and work towards a positive future. The charity regularly works with young people through their employability and mentoring services. Apex Scotland’s vision is for a fair and just society in which people feel safe from crime, disorder and danger.

Kate’s Kitchen

Run by volunteers, Kate’s Kitchen provides a hot meal and a warm welcome for vulnerable people with health or housing issues. Open twice a week, Kate’s Kitchen serves about 35 meals at each sitting and has around 60 regular clients, mainly from the Annan area. The project also provides support to clients from Dumfries and the neighbouring towns and villages of Annandale and Eskdale.

The First Base Agency

The First Base Agency has been running an emergency food parcel project for ten years. Over the last 18 months the charity has seen demand for the service escalate dramatically and the number of food parcels per month has risen from 100 to 450. In the charity’s experience, some of the families are working but find that their incomings no longer cover their outgoings and others have found welfare reforms have left them in a position where they have to choose between heating or eating.

VP Furniture Project

The charity will use the donation to employ a new service coordinator in the village. This person will work with members of the community to launch a food bank and introduce a time bank, an innovative model that will encourage local residents to share skills. The service coordinator will also support the newly opened VP Furniture Project, a recycling service which provides much-needed furniture for vulnerable families.

Action for Children Scotland runs the Upper Nithsdale Family Project in Kelloholm, a service which offers a wide range of support for local children and parents - from a free crèche to laundry facilities. The funding will allow Action for Children to further its good work in the community.

Dundee

Aberlour Bridges

Aberlour Bridges is a preventative project that improves the prospects of children and families in the Lochee area of the city. In 2014 the charity will target around 45 children requiring support in their nursery/school communities, with a particular focus on improving educational attainment at an early stage.

Building upon two previous years of Bridges funding from STV Appeal, Aberlour will be launching a three-year volunteering programme to involve the local community in its work and provide an opportunity to engage parents with the project in a more purposeful way through homework clubs and other group work.

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Dundee Family Support Service

Dundee Family Support Service is a One Parent Families Scotland project being developed to provide integrated support for Dundee families. The project focuses on breaking down barriers preventing parents from engaging in activities that will enhance their parenting skills, and in the long term aims to increase their employment options and chances through practical solutions for flexible childcare, and ongoing parenting and family support. The project includes a variety of activities, supported with childcare, including family play sessions, food, gardening and information cafés, based either at Families’ House, an OPFS premises in Dundee, or using other community buildings. Families’ House is also now registered as a day care with provision for up to 44 children.

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme is a ground breaking, family-focussed learning programme. Its aim is to improve a child’s learning at home and school and involves the whole community.

The FAST programme brings together parents and children, aged between three to eight years old, for two years, starting with an eight week intensive cycle followed by monthly parent-led support group meetings. The eight week sessions are held every week in a local primary school and facilitated by trained FAST practitioners made up of school staff to help build links between home and school; parents to provide peer support; and community members to provide links to local services.

Street Soccer ‘Football for All’

Street Soccer Scotland is a multi award winning Social Enterprise which uses the power of football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland. Street Soccer deliver a range of programmes and services including regular drop in football sessions, national and regional tournaments, personal development courses and the Scotland Homeless World Cup Team. With support from the STV Appeal Street Soccer project will be delivered in four local authorities across Scotland - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

East Ayrshire

Aspire2gether

Aspire2gether focuses on housing support, income maximisation, housing information and advice, and personal support. The charity runs a variety of projects in the area, including one that provides free money management advice to individuals who are homeless and have complex needs such as significant mental health difficulties, drug or alcohol addictions, or physical disabilities.

East Ayrshire Community Friends

East Ayrshire Community Friends is the befriending project of East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action. The charity aims to support the most vulnerable and marginalised members of the community, with current projects including a hygiene pack to every person who becomes homeless; a Christmas toy appeal, which in 2013 provided gifts for over 350 local children; group befriending activities, such as cooking sessions for young people leaving care to help them prepare for self supported living; and weekly drop-in sessions for homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

All activities are aimed at increasing the confidence of very vulnerable young people, enhancing their potential employability and offering skills which will help them maintain a home of their own, and just simply socialising, having fun and forgetting day to day problems.

East Dunbartonshire

Positive Achievements

Positive Achievements is a partnership funded project which provides support to vulnerable young people from across East Dunbartonshire. The project is supported by The Big Lottery Fund and East Dunbartonshire Council.

Edinburgh

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme is a ground breaking, family-focussed learning programme. Its aim is to improve a child’s learning at home and school and involves the whole community.

The FAST programme brings together parents and children, aged between three to eight years old, for two years, starting with an eight week intensive cycle followed by monthly parent-led support group meetings. The eight week sessions are held every week in a local primary school and facilitated by trained FAST practitioners made up of school staff to help build links between home and school; parents to provide peer support; and community members to provide links to local services.

Fresh Start

Fresh Start works in partnership with churches, local communities and volunteers in Edinburgh to create, develop and provide services that support the resettlement of people who have been homeless. The charity helps them get a fresh start by providing essential household goods, practical and social support and training opportunities.

The STV Appeal funding will be used to help expand the charity's flagship Starter Pack service, which provides the basics for new households. Last year, Fresh Start made up and distributed nearly 8,800 Starter Packs, helping families and individuals turn their empty houses into a home. This year the charity hopes to distribute 10,000, including the newly launched Food Packs.

Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre

Oxgangs Neighbourhood Centre aims to provide a safe space where people are welcomed and can feel included and valued. The project seeks to provide activities that respond to social needs, creating opportunity for relationship, friendship and personal growth.

The STV Appeal funding will help the project in their work to bring local residents together through a series of new groups, including children’s work, parent groups, projects tackling mental health and training initiatives. The organisation will also be creating opportunities for the community to come together to have fun and build pride in the local community through regular community fun days and a major event that will really put Oxgangs on the map.

Street Soccer ‘Football for All’

Street Soccer Scotland is a multi award winning Social Enterprise which uses the power of football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland. Street Soccer deliver a range of programmes and services including regular drop in football sessions, national and regional tournaments, personal development courses and the Scotland Homeless World Cup Team. With support from the STV Appeal Street Soccer project will be delivered in four local authorities across Scotland - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Changeworks Resources For Life

This project will work in partnership with Edinburgh Citizens Advice Bureau and Edinburgh Community Food to provide a package of support to families with children aged 16 years and under living in hardship. This will enable the families to better manage rising energy and food costs, as well as maximising their incomes. The project will also provide welfare, budgeting, and debt advice.

Falkirk

Braes Children and Families Centre

Braes Children and Families Centre offer a holistic approach to supporting children and their families with a range of services including, childcare sessions for children aged two to three with issues around developmental delay or chaos with the family, outreach parent and child groups, nurture and transition groups, Incredible Years Programmes, a specific service to lone fathers and generic family support.

Fife

East Neuk Recovery Group Initiative

ENeRGI (East Neuk Recovery Group Initiative) is a mental health charity in the East Neuk of Fife, providing a drop-in centre as well as outreach and housing support. Working closely with Anstruther Food Bank, the organisation provides emergency food parcels and cooking classes, and runs free weekly shopping trips to Leven and St. Andrews. A full time benefits advisor offers assistance with form filling and claims, and the organisation provides advisory support on financial matters such as budgeting.

Cottage Family Centre

The Cottage Family Centre was established in 1987. The focus of the work at the Centre is to provide a range of support to those families and individuals within family units who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result of factors such as poverty, unemployment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and health related issues. The funding they receive will be spent on providing food, toys and warm clothing during Christmas for families facing financial hardship. Last year, thanks to the STV Appeal and local businesses, they were able to support over 300 children and their families.

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The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme is a ground breaking, family-focussed learning programme. Its aim is to improve a child’s learning at home and school and involves the whole community.

The FAST programme brings together parents and children, aged between three to eight years old, for two years, starting with an eight week intensive cycle followed by monthly parent-led support group meetings. The eight week sessions are held every week in a local primary school and facilitated by trained FAST practitioners made up of school staff to help build links between home and school; parents to provide peer support; and community members to provide links to local services.

Schools as Community Hubs for Regeneration, run by Children in Scotland

The grant will be distributed amongst several schools in North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and Fife, whose children live in communities with the highest deprivation and disadvantage in Scotland. Children in Scotland will be managing the fund, working with the schools and local authorities to identify how a range of support could be introduced to help the schools provide more additional activities for their children, backed up by opportunities to engage parents and wider community supporters.

Glasgow

3D Drumchapel

3D Drumchapel aims to deliver a range of services and support for vulnerable families and children residing across Drumchapel and the surrounding areas. The work of the organisation is driven by the overarching aim to encourage positive and effective relationships within the home, empowering parents to develop confidence, motivation and self-esteem. It also works to support the emotional, social and learning development of children and empower both children and parents to break down barriers and access positive opportunities.

The organisation targets vulnerable families including lone parents, families that are out of work or on low income, families affected by domestic abuse and addictions, and vulnerable children including those at risk. Over the past year the charity has supported 250 parents and 380 children.

Barnardo’s CHIP

CHIP (Children’s Inclusion Partnership) is a long-established partnership between Barnardo’s Scotland and Stepping Stones for Families. The service works in areas affected by poverty, currently north Glasgow, and aims to enable communities to achieve their aspirations to become the best possible places for children to grow up in.

CHILDREN 1ST Early Years

The Early Years service works in partnership with nurseries in the South of Glasgow to support the families of children aged three and four who need support and advice in relation to parenting. CHILDREN 1ST works with families to build a healthy, happy, safe and secure environment for their child. Support and advice is offered to families through one-to-one support sessions, covering issues such as playing with children, supporting children’s learning, budgeting, child health and nutrition, routines and boundary setting, or group work such as The Incredible Years child development, and sleep training.

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme is a ground breaking, family-focussed learning programme. Its aim is to improve a child’s learning at home and school and involves the whole community.

The FAST programme brings together parents and children, aged between three to eight years old, for two years, starting with an eight week intensive cycle followed by monthly parent-led support group meetings. The eight week sessions are held every week in a local primary school and facilitated by trained FAST practitioners made up of school staff to help build links between home and school; parents to provide peer support; and community members to provide links to local services.

Findlay Family Network

Findlay Family Network has been supporting families in the St George’s Cross area of Glasgow for the last seven years, recently opening a new hub in Possilpark. The organisation aims to reduce family breakdown and support families out of poverty, working with families in a framework that enables and provides opportunity to make changes that can last.

Findlay Family Network is committed to supporting and creating conditions for positive growth to give families a chance to make lifestyle and personal change for the better.

Kinship for the Future

Kinship for the Future is part of the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance, a network of kinship support groups from across Scotland. The support groups allow kinship carers to share their experiences, support each other, organise respite trips for carers and children and get professional advice and services.

Partnerships for Young Parents

Partnerships for Young Parents, which is run by One Parent Families Scotland, works with young lone parents and their children who live in poverty. The project is designed to support the parent to prepare for the future and to ensure their child has the best start in life, and assists young parents who would not normally access available services or take part in group work activities. The project proactively involves young people in the design and delivery of the project, as well as in decisions which affect them, enabling young parents to increase their self-esteem, parenting skills and life skills, giving them the desire and confidence to move on in their lives.

Royston Youth Action

Royston Youth Action delivers a range of social, recreational, educational and sporting opportunities to support the development of children and young people into positive citizens. The youth centre is open six evenings a week and allows young people to take part in group work sessions and learn life skills. Residential trips are organised during school summer holidays, and after school clubs and keep fit classes are available throughout the week.

Schools as Community Hubs for Regeneration, run by Children in Scotland

The grant will be distributed amongst several schools in North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and Fife, whose children live in communities with the highest deprivation and disadvantage in Scotland. Children in Scotland will be managing the fund, working with the schools and local authorities to identify how a range of support could be introduced to help the schools provide more additional activities for their children, backed up by opportunities to engage parents and wider community supporters.

South East Kinship Care Group South East Kinship Care Group is part of the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance, a network of kinship support groups from across Scotland. The support groups allow kinship carers to share their experiences, support each other, organise respite trips for carers and children and get professional advice and services.

South West Kinship Care Group

The voluntary organisation, which operates from the Wedge centre near Glasgow's Silverburn Centre, supports and offers advice to grandparents and extended family members who, for various reasons, have become the main carers in the lives of the children they look after.

Street Soccer ‘Football for All’

Street Soccer Scotland is a multi award winning Social Enterprise which uses the power of football to create positive change in the lives of socially disadvantaged adults and young people across Scotland. Street Soccer deliver a range of programmes and services including regular drop in football sessions, national and regional tournaments, personal development courses and the Scotland Homeless World Cup Team. With support from the STV Appeal Street Soccer project will be delivered in four local authorities across Scotland - Glasgow, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Transitions, Children 1st Transitions, a service delivered in Glasgow, Midlothian and Aberdeenshire, offers one-to-one and group therapeutic sessions to aid the recovery process for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. The project also aims to increase awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on children and raise awareness with children and young people about domestic abuse, promoting positive gender roles, increasing self-esteem and offering opportunities to seek help in schools.

Youthbuild, Action for Children Scotland

Youthbuild targets socially excluded young people, aged 16-19, who face a range of challenges when trying to secure employment. The project helps participants to find work in the construction industry by providing training that gives them all the necessary skills and accreditations. After completing their training, participants move on to a work placement, allowing them to put their learning into practice on a live construction site and develop fundamental skills for the workplace, such as timekeeping, attendance and enthusiasm.

Youthbuild is very popular with young people; at a recent intake there were 123 applicants for just 12 available places. It is also highly effective, with 70 per cent of participants going on to secure long term employment.

The grant from STV Appeal will be used to purchase tools and equipment, allowing Action for Children Scotland to develop the practical sessions it delivers to young people. This will include investing in drywall guns to assist in exercises where young people learn to create interior walls. Groups of 12 young people currently have to share just one gun, and the donation means that further equipment can be provided. The charity will also purchase basic kitchen units, which Youthbuild participants can practice fitting.

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West Glasgow Kinship

West Glasgow Kinship has 20 members caring for 30 kinship children, whose parents are unable to do so for a variety of reasons, including bereavement and placement by Social Work Services.

Meetings are a safe space where Kinship carers can discuss issues that affect their lives, get support from other group members and talk about policies that affect kinship carers both nationally and locally. The organisation takes part in campaigns which are about getting better support and services for kinship carers and the children they care for, often linking up with other groups in Glasgow and the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance.

Highlands

Calman Trust

Calman Trust is a young people’s charity based in the Highlands. The organisation provides support to young people who are unable to live in their family home, or are moving on to a home of their own and need help to make this change. In addition, the Calman team offers a range of training opportunities where young people can learn the skills for work and receive help to find and keep a job, or prepare for their next step into College or further training.

The Calman vision is a society where all young people are valued and are empowered to achieve their full potential. Every year, Calman works with more than 400 young people in Highland.

New Start

This project collects and delivers furniture, white goods, clothing and starter packs to the most crisis hit and poverty stricken people. Areas covered will be Inverness-shire, Ross and Cromarty, Lochaber and Badenoch and Strathspey.

Inverclyde

Youth Connections

Youth Connections aims to develop and maintain a young person led organisation, which promotes the social and economic inclusion of all young people in Inverclyde and increases their capacity to play a key role in decision making processes which have an impact on their lives.

The organisation is committed to improving the prospects and opportunities of the young people personally, socially, politically and economically. It also recognises the value of working in partnership with young people at all levels, sharing experiences and expertise in a two way process, ensuring that the needs of the young people are identified and addressed in ways which they respond to and gain maximum benefit from.

Midlothian

Midlothian Foodbank

Midlothian Foodbank provides three days of emergency food to people who are referred through a network of local groups and agencies. The charity helps to restore dignity and alleviate poverty, providing an emergency safety net to ensure no one in Midlothian need go to bed hungry. Since opening in July the project has provided food for 750 people from the area who otherwise would have had no other source of food. The project works as part of the Trussell Trust and under the trusteeship of Gorebridge Parish Church.

Transitions, Children 1st Transitions, a service delivered in Glasgow, Midlothian and Aberdeenshire, offers one-to-one and group therapeutic sessions to aid the recovery process for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. The project also aims to increase awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on children and raise awareness with children and young people about domestic abuse, promoting positive gender roles, increasing self-esteem and offering opportunities to seek help in schools.

North Ayrshire

Schools as Community Hubs for Regeneration, run by Children in Scotland

The grant will be distributed amongst several schools in North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and Fife, whose children live in communities with the highest deprivation and disadvantage in Scotland. Children in Scotland will be managing the fund, working with the schools and local authorities to identify how a range of support could be introduced to help the schools provide more additional activities for their children, backed up by opportunities to engage parents and wider community supporters.

Aspire2gether

Aspire2gether focuses on housing support, income maximisation, housing information and advice, and personal support. The charity runs a variety of projects in the area, including one that provides free money management advice to individuals who are homeless and have complex needs such as significant mental health difficulties, drug or alcohol addictions, or physical disabilities.

Ardrossan Youth Association

The Ardrossan Youth Association is a committee of 10 young people aged between 12 and 25, who, quite uniquely, own and manage a purpose built youth centre.

Its aims and objectives are to provide a safe and friendly environment for young people to meet, and to develop the educational, social and physical skills of its members, by offering a variety of activities, events and groups, and to build the capacity of young people by actively involving them in decision making within their community.

ASFaCT

ASFaCT is a family befriending project which builds community capacity, reduces social isolation, encourages lifelong learning and encourages volunteering. Early intervention stay and play and for adults who are isolated. The family befriending scheme brings families together and do things such as family dinner, families who need to be more cohesive and making links with other families in the area. They deal with families who are chaotic, addicted but want to have family time and support the kids.

North Lanarkshire

Partnership for Young Parents in Glasgow, One Parent Families Scotland

Partnerships for Young Parents, which is run by One Parent Families Scotland, works with young lone parents and their children who live in poverty. The project is designed to support the parent to prepare for the future and to ensure their child has the best start in life, and assists young parents who would not normally access available services or take part in group work activities. The project proactively involves young people in the design and delivery of the project, as well as in decisions which affect them, enabling young parents to increase their self-esteem, parenting skills and life skills, giving them the desire and confidence to move on in their lives.

Basics Food Bank (Lanarkshire)

Basics Food Bank (Lanarkshire) is a Christian charity that gives out food parcels, toiletries and Christian literature within Lanarkshire via three distribution outlets in Motherwell, Wishaw and Airdrie. The charity engages the local communities in North Lanarkshire to collect non-perishable food and toiletries from supermarkets, schools and Church collections to give to those in need. Basics Food Bank (Lanarkshire) started in November 2010 and has seen a tremendous demand for the services they provide.

Orkney

Home-Start

Home-Start Orkney is a voluntary organisation which supports parents of children under the age of 5. The families they support are bringing up young children and face added pressures such as depression, relationship breakdown, lone parenting, coping with twins, triplets or several preschool age children, children on the autistic spectrum, or financial difficulties. Home-Start Orkney offers them both emotional and practical support via their team of befrienders, each individually matched to a family dependant on the support needs identified by the parents. This volunteer visits the family once a week, for 2-3 hours, and supports them through the pressures they are facing, helping them to build on areas of strength within the family, increasing the parent's capacity to cope in adversity and to bring a positive outlook to the family.

Renfrewshire

C.A.R.I.N.G, Paisley

The C.A.R.I.N.G. (Children at Risk and in Need of Guidance) project is a voluntary service that works with children and young people to provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment within which they can play and socialise. It also offers meal provision for children who require it.

Stirling

Home-Start

Home-Start Stirling is a charity that supports local families who have at least one child under the age of five years and are experiencing stress or crisis. The crisis or stress can include be anything from mental ill health, poverty, disability, illness, parenting difficulties, substance misuse, homelessness or multiple births.

The charity provides individual support to families within their own homes from trained volunteers who have all been parents themselves and can empathise with the stresses and strains of family life. The project aims to support a family through these difficulties to a point where they feel they can cope on their own. In this way, Home-Start Stirling hopes to prevent family breakdown and further crises and help provide children with the best possible start in life where they can develop to reach their full potential.

South Ayrshire

Aspire2gether

Aspire2gether focuses on housing support, income maximisation, housing information and advice, and personal support. The charity runs a variety of projects in the area, including one that provides free money management advice to individuals who are homeless and have complex needs such as significant mental health difficulties, drug or alcohol addictions, or physical disabilities.

South Ayrshire Befriending Project

South Ayrshire Befriending Project (SABP) supports vulnerable young people living in South Ayrshire who suffer from extreme social isolation, and whose lack of social skills and self esteem is likely to prevent them from reaching their full potential and contributing positively within their own communities.

SABP offers a direct service by recruiting, training and supporting adult volunteers to become one-to-one befrienders, matching them with a young person to spend a few hours together every fortnight. SABP also offers regular group outings to reduce the young person’s social isolation and increase self esteem and confidence, allowing them to realise their full potential.

South Lanarkshire

Partnerships for Young Parents

Partnerships for Young Parents, which is run by One Parent Families Scotland, works with young lone parents and their children who live in poverty. The project is designed to support the parent to prepare for the future and to ensure their child has the best start in life, and assists young parents who would not normally access available services or take part in group work activities. The project proactively involves young people in the design and delivery of the project, as well as in decisions which affect them, enabling young parents to increase their self-esteem, parenting skills and life skills, giving them the desire and confidence to move on in their lives.

Shetland

The OPEN Peer Education Project

The OPEN Peer Education Project is a part of Voluntary Action Shetland’s Services. The Project provides training and support to young people (aged 16 to 25) to enable them to design, develop and deliver workshops to other young people on issues that they have identified as being important to themselves and their peers.

West Dunbartonshire

Kinship Care West Dumbarton Kinship Care West Dumbarton is part of the Scottish Kinship Care Alliance, a network of kinship support groups from across Scotland. The support groups allow kinship carers to share their experiences, support each other, organise respite trips for carers and children and get professional advice and services.

Schools as Community Hubs for Regeneration, run by Children in Scotland

The grant will be distributed amongst several schools in North Ayrshire, West Dunbartonshire, Glasgow and Fife, whose children live in communities with the highest deprivation and disadvantage in Scotland. Children in Scotland will be managing the fund, working with the schools and local authorities to identify how a range of support could be introduced to help the schools provide more additional activities for their children, backed up by opportunities to engage parents and wider community supporters.

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme

The Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme is a ground breaking, family-focussed learning programme. Its aim is to improve a child’s learning at home and school and involves the whole community.

The FAST programme brings together parents and children, aged between three to eight years old, for two years, starting with an eight week intensive cycle followed by monthly parent-led support group meetings. The eight week sessions are held every week in a local primary school and facilitated by trained FAST practitioners made up of school staff to help build links between home and school; parents to provide peer support; and community members to provide links to local services.

Western Isles

The Shed

The Shed was set up by Martin's Memorial Church in Stornoway. With a growing desire to be of greater support to the wider community, especially young people and their families, the need was recognised to create a new and neutral space through which bridges could be built into the community. The Shed looks to provide support and encouragement to teens and their families, including those living in the midst of poverty, through various support initiatives and community events.

Martin’s Memorial works in partnership with other agencies including drug and alcohol support services, family mediation, women’s aid and homelessness services. The aim is for The Shed to help develop existing partnerships and form new ones, as the facility is made available for others to use. The building is at a crucial stage and the STV Appeal funding will assist with the final furnishing, as well as supporting ongoing staffing and developing of the facility.

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The Bridge

The Bridge Community Centre is a Youth and Community Group based in Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. The organisation aims to increase the amount of opportunities for young people to play and socialise by providing a variety of structured activities and social opportunities.

West Lothian

West Lothian Youth Action Project

West Lothian Youth Action Project has been in operation for 20 years, providing support, information and new opportunities for young people aged 10-21 in West Lothian. The project runs a range of services including practical training programmes, group work, a music project and early intervention support to assist young people who are at risk of or engaged in offending behaviour.

A befriending service for vulnerable young adults is also available, provided by trained volunteers offering activities and support to some of the most vulnerable young people in the area.

Last year the project worked with over 1700 young people, either in group settings or on a one-to-one basis. A further 3500 were supported through its detached street work service.