17 May 2018
Glasgow youth project Achieve More Scotland has received £35,440 from the STV Children’s Appeal, boosting financial support for the local project.
Achieve More Scotland works with young people from areas of high social deprivation across Glasgow, with trained youth workers and coaches delivering activities such as sports, employability support and volunteering opportunities in schools and in the community.
The charity’s activities help to improve physical and mental health, confidence, aspirations and personal responsibility, giving young people a greater opportunity to enter work, employment and further education.
Carla Fyfe, head of business development at Achieve More Scotland, said: "The money raised by STV Children's Appeal has enabled us to engage directly with young people in their communities across the North West of Glasgow and open doors for many young people to begin building relationships with family and friends again.
"2018 looks exciting for our employability work, with the Appeal grant allowing us to work with more young people who are seeking employment opportunities, and for more young people to feel that someone believes in them and get a sense of empowerment."
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 Achieve More 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 Achieve More 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."
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Picture shows (L-R): Carla Fyfe, head of business development at Achieve More Scotland, Karen Geraldine Flanagan, coach at Achieve More Scotland, Pamela McTaggart, deputy head teacher at Chyrnside Primary School, Anne Hughes. head of fundraising at Achieve More Scotland, Jennifer Jack, coach at Achieve More Scotland, and Bailie Jacqueline McLaren, councillor at Glasgow City Council.