South Ayrshire Arts Project Receives £2,000 From STV Children's Appeal

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8 February 2018

Community project The Little Art School Trust in South Ayrshire has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal, boosting financial support for the local service.

The Little Art School Trust delivers art sessions to some of the most vulnerable people in the community. Through its ‘Sponsor A Child’ project, the Trust helps to builds the self-esteem of local children by teaching them drawing and painting in a safe and nurturing environment.

The Trust works with third sector agencies such as South Ayrshire Carers Centre and Barnardos to identify children who would benefit from taking part in the project, including those who have been bullied or young carers who have a sibling or family member requiring additional support.

Susan Webb, development coordinator at The Little Art School Trust, said: "When children and young people are involved in art something changes in their lives, bettering lifelong journeys, their capabilities and their contribution to the world around them. Our highly structured art classes provide an authentic learning experience which engages their minds, hearts and bodies.

"We have local children already placed in classes and can see the difference it has made to their overall confidence and wellbeing; both in the art class and in their home and school lives."

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 The Little Art School Trust 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 The Little Art School Trust 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.