Shelter Scotland has received £243,284 from the STV Appeal 2014.
The grant will support Foundations First, a partnership between Shelter Scotland and Renfrewshire Council. Foundations First assists in breaking the cycle of homelessness and chronic poverty for marginalised families in Renfrewshire by helping them access and keep a home.
The lack of a stable home and periods of homelessness hinder parents’ and children’s ability to build relationships with schools, health services and employment opportunities. This then contributes to the ‘attainment gap’ currently challenging parts of Renfrewshire. Foundations First aims to reduce the level of repeat homelessness in families who have been provided with settled accommodation in Renfrewshire by supporting them in their tenancy.
ScottishPower is one of the STV Appeal charity partners, Frank Mitchell, CEO of ScottishPower Energy Networks presented the cheque along with stand up comedian Bruce Devlin.
The STV Appeal is committed to making a difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland. Across the country, 220,000 children live in poverty and figures from the Campaign to End Child Poverty* show that in Renfrewshire it’s actually 21% of children. Foundations First in Paisley is one of the projects the STV Appeal is supporting in Renfrewshire.
Since launch in 2011, the STV Appeal has raised over £8.2 million with 297 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 37,000 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.
Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, said: “We are delighted that Foundations First has been given this fantastic award from the STV Appeal which will help us to deliver vital support and advice to hundreds of the poorest and most vulnerable families in Renfrewshire.
“We look forward to working with Renfrewshire Council on what we believe will be a truly innovative project.”
Frank Mitchell, CEO ScottishPower energy networks said: “We’re proud to support the STV Appeal which helps children and young people in Scotland who need it most, not just at Christmas but throughout the year. We’ve pledged our support to the STV Appeal in 2014 and we’re delighted to offer our support into the New Year.”
Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The money donated to the STV Appeal remains in Scotland and will help bring about a positive change to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep. With the help of the extraordinary fundraising efforts taking place in communities across the country we have raised an incredible £2.6m in 2014 allowing us to make grants to 297 projects. We are extremely grateful to everyone who supported this year’s Appeal.”
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Appeal, said: "Yet again the people of Scotland have cast their vote – end child poverty. Through the STV Appeal we are attempting to deliver sustainable solutions to do just that. It is simply unacceptable in modern Scotland to still have young people debilitated by poverty, through this project and many more the people of Scotland are doing their level best to combat poverty.”
Sir Ian Wood, trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The generosity of the people in Scotland who provide such great support to the STV Appeal is incredibly encouraging and heart-warming. However, it is deeply concerning that there continues to be a significant requirement across Scotland for financial support for child poverty. Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce, a commission I chaired recently, has the overarching aim to enable Scotland’s young people to move into sustainable employment upon leaving education. But how can they achieve positive destinations if they have a less than adequate start in life? I sincerely believe that the grants donated by the STV Appeal can have a significant impact on the lives of Scotland’s young people and make a real contribution to eradicating child poverty in Scotland.”
The STV Appeal 2015 is now well underway with an exciting line-up of fundraising activities planned for the year ahead.
*Source: End Child Poverty, http://www.endchildpoverty.org.uk/why-end-child-poverty/poverty-in-your-area
Photograph from left to right in front row:
Frank Mitchell, CEO of ScottishPower Energy Networks, Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, Abby Allen and her son Xander, who are beneficiaries of Shelter Scotland and comedian Bruce Devlin. The rest of the crew in the background are Shelter Scotland staff.
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