23 February 2018
Community project One Parent Families Scotland in Falkirk has received £46,471 from the STV Children’s Appeal to support families in the Upper Braes area.
The project supports families who are experiencing poverty and isolation by providing childcare, advice on benefits and home energy, children's groups, family events and one to one support for families and children.
The grant from the STV Children's Appeal will help fund a hub for lone parent families with a free emergency store stocked with essentials, including hygiene products and nappies, and a clothing bank supplying winter jackets and school uniforms at no cost. The organisation also offers opportunities for families to meet and enjoy healthy meals and fun activities together.
Carrol Wilcox, Falkirk Manager at One Parent Families Scotland, said: “Our vision is to support single parents and vulnerable families to significantly reduce their weekly outgoings. We achieve this by giving them access to cheaper produce and household items, transport and healthy meals resulting in more disposable income for a better standard of living and the opportunity to achieve their aspirations.
“These groups, along with one to one support, also help reduce isolation, improve the wellbeing of single parents and vulnerable families and give an opportunity to develop sustainable, healthy, and happy relationships.”
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 One Parent Families Scotland 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 One Parent Families 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.