Youth Project In Larkhall Receives £2,000 From STV Children's Appeal

The picture shows (L-R): Elaine McRaild and Aimee Canavan from Wholistic Life, Helen Thain and Grant Law from Asset Alliance, and Susan Livingstone from Wholistic Life.

22 February 2018

Community project Wholistic Life in Larkhall has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal, boosting financial support for the local service.

Wholistic Life supports children and young people in South Lanarkshire by offering access to a range of services that focus on improving physical and emotional wellbeing.

At the Wholistic Life Wellness Centre in Larkhall, young people can take part in free yoga, mindfulness and meditation sessions, all designed to develop self-confidence, self-esteem and resilience.

Susan Livingstone, Co-Founder of Wholistic Life, said: “Wholistic Life is delighted to receive this award from the STV Children’s Appeal. Since we opened our Wellness Centre in Larkhall in September 2017, we have been overwhelmed by the number of local young people who have come along to take part in the free activities and programmes we offer there. The Appeal funding will enable us to continue to deliver these services which are making a real and positive impact on the physical and emotional wellbeing of our community.”

Representatives from Appeal supporters Asset Alliance visited the project to meet some of the children and staff that will benefit from the funding.

Willie Paterson, CEO of Asset Alliance, said: "It was fantastic to see first-hand the funds that we helped raise invested locally to such great effect. The Wholistic Life team are making a real difference to the local Larkhall community and the service they provide will clearly pay long term dividends to the young people who are getting the support provided.”

Since launching in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised £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 Wholistic Life 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 Wholistic Life 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