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

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31 May 2018

Fife youth project Safe Space has received £2,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal, boosting financial support for the local service.

Safe Space supports young people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse by offering free and confidential counselling, group work, awareness raising and training.

The charity works with young people in schools, colleges, homeless units and within the local community to provide psychological therapies including art therapy, creative writing and a computerised therapy game which helps to improve self-esteem and reduce anxiety.

Ann Donnan, manager at Safe Space, said: "Over and above their abuse experiences, our younger clients are further disadvantaged by both poverty and their reliance on adults to enable them to access our services. This is why the STV Children’s Appeal grant has been so beneficial - it has allowed us to travel further into our Fife wide community to reach young people in their everyday lives.

"Furthermore, the money allows us to fund travel for those young people who would prefer to be seen at our Dunfermline base. This frees them from an overreliance on others - either financially or practically - to get them to their appointment. This grant has made a real tangible difference to those young people we remain committed to supporting."

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 Safe Space 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 Safe Space 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 Mari Slavin at mari.slavin@stv.tv.