Renfrewshire Project By Shelter Scotland Receives £185,341 From STV Appeal

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8 February 2018

Paisley based community project Foundations First, run by Shelter Scotland, has received £185,341 from the STV Children’s Appeal.

Foundations First offers advice and support to families in Renfrewshire who are affected by poverty and are homeless or at risk of losing their home. By working with members of the local community staff has put in place imaginative ways of supporting those struggling with housing and other difficulties.

Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We are extremely grateful for the continuing support of the STV Children’s Appeal for our Foundations First service based in Renfrewshire.

“In the last three years Foundations First has helped hundreds of local families to address an enormous range of issues which were causing them emotional distress and financial hardship. This includes issues around housing, money worries and health problems.

“This has only been possible thanks to the people who donated to the STV Children’s Appeal.”

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 vital projects such as Foundations First 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 Shelter Scotland 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 natalie.wright@stv.tv.