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WorkingRite in Whiteinch and Scotstoun receives £15,000 from STV Children’s Appeal

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Charity WorkingRite has received £15,000 from the STV Children’s Appeal, boosting financial support for the project’s work with young people in the Whiteinch and Scotstoun area.
 
STV chief executive and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, Rob Woodward, visited WorkingRite at the offices of Whiteinch and Scotstoun Housing Association, who have also provided funding, to present the cheque and meet some of the young people who will benefit directly from the grant.
 
WorkingRite helps some of the most disadvantaged 16-18 year olds secure jobs and apprenticeships by matching them with mentors from local small employers. The initiative is designed for young people who can’t cope with the school or college environment, often because of other pressures and lack of support in their lives.
 
Sandy Campbell, Founder and Director of WorkingRite, said: “We are truly delighted to have secured this funding from the STV’s Children’s Appeal. Too many young people leave school with a sense of failure and no working future to look forward to.
 
“This money has enabled us to double the numbers of young people we can help into real jobs and apprenticeships in Whiteinch and Scotstoun, an area that desperately needs this kind of help. Local employers see the benefit, parents see their children get a fresh chance, and the community sees the young achieve a proud working future for themselves. All thanks to STV’s Children’s Appeal.”
 
Since launch in 2011, the STV Children's Appeal has raised over £11 million with 476 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 59,000 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.
 
Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “All the money donated to the STV Children’s Appeal remains in Scotland and will help bring about positive changes 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 are able to support projects like WorkingRite that help improve the lives of children and young people in Scotland.  We are extremely grateful to everyone who supports the STV Children’s Appeal.”
 
Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: "Through the Appeal our singular ambition is to deliver sustainable solutions to end child poverty. It is simply unacceptable in modern Scotland to still have young people debilitated by poverty through no fault of their own. Thanks to this project and many more, the people of Scotland are doing their level best to combat poverty.
 
"This is about communities coming together and with a hand up, not a hand out, from the STV Appeal, helping themselves deliver sustainable solutions to end child poverty."
 
Sir Ian Wood, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “The generosity of the people in Scotland who provide such great support to the STV Children’s Appeal is always incredibly encouraging and heart-warming. It is deeply concerning that there continues to be a significant requirement across Scotland for this financial support. However, I do believe that the £2.9million raised this year will make a significant contribution to eradicating the issue of child poverty in Scotland. Throughout my working life I travelled a lot seeing an obvious divide between the haves and the have-nots around the world, and to know that this is also happening on our doorstep is deeply concerning.  Everyone has a role to play in reducing the alarming child poverty statistics.”
 
If you’re an individual or group that would like to get involved with the STV Children’s Appeal and help raise funds for children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland, please get in touch with Natalie Wright at natalie.wright@stv.tv.
 
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For further information, please contact the STV press office:
 
Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830
anna.hendry@stv.t