The STV Children’s Appeal is supporting children and young people affected by poverty in the Scottish Borders with funding awarded to three local charitable projects.
Each of the local projects has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal to support their work to improve the lives of children and young people in their communities.
The following Scottish Borders projects are being supported by Appeal funding:
• Cheviot Youth in Kelso works with children and young people through film, art, music and physical activity.
The project supports young people in the Cheviot area through life changes, training, mentoring and supported employment, enabling them to make their voice heard in the community and helping to develop skills, gain experience, access opportunities and provide challenges that test and inspire.
Cheviot Youth’s Chair, David Harvey, said: “We are delighted to have received funding from the STV Children’s Appeal. This much-needed financial support means that we will be able to continue providing first-class services for children and young people throughout the Cheviot area. It is through the generosity of the STV Children’s Appeal that we are able to continue with our work in 2018.”
• TD1 Youth Hub in Galashiels supports young people from challenging backgrounds, helping them to improve confidence, broaden horizons and work with others.
Douglas Ormston, Manager of TD1 Youth Hub, said: "A heartfelt thanks to the STV Children's Appeal for the grant. This is invaluable to making sure we can support young people through the provision of evening activities and provide them with the support that many need to ensure their lives are positive and access to the guidance and opportunities to make the most of the chances available to them in life."
• Tweeddale Youth Action in Peebles provides a safe space for young people in the local community, offering an alternative to street corners.
David Hodson, Locality Manager at Tweeddale Youth Action, said: “We're absolutely delighted with the grant awarded to us from STV Children's Appeal, which will go towards renovating our ‘Craic Den’ conversation space. This dedicated space will increase our ability to hold topic based conversations and targeted workshops with our young people and will complement our existing work around drugs and alcohol, sexual health, social isolation and bullying.”
Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £16.3 million, with 964 big and small grants awarded to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 67,000 children. The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes, create opportunities for training and employability, and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.
Baroness Margaret Ford, chair of the board of trustees for STV Children's Appeal, said: “The STV Children’s Appeal was established to help improve the quality of life of vulnerable children and young people across Scotland. We are extremely grateful to everyone who has fundraised and donated to this important cause – a special thanks for your ongoing support. All proceeds remain in Scotland which means we can support these vital projects in our efforts to improve the lives of children across the country.”
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “Driving positive change is down to individuals, communities and charities who can make the world of difference to those young people most in need. Sincerely I thank everyone who has raised money for the STV Children’s Appeal and can again confirm to every last one of you that every pound is being invested in charities like these to the benefit of Scotland’s young people. You raise a pound, we give a pound; you make a difference, we support that difference.”
Sir Ian Wood, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: "With over 200,000 children and young people in Scotland now affected by child poverty, it remains deeply troubling that so many lives across our country are impacted and life choices affected. Without the continued support of the public the significant work carried out by the STV Children’s Appeal in providing support, help and opportunities for those who most need could not happen. We all must play our part, no matter how large or small, in reducing these shocking statistics and enabling families to take back some control of their situation."
If you would like to help raise funds for Scotland’s children – as a group or an individual - please get in touch with Natalie Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.