Men­tal health char­ity re­ceives fund­ing boost

STV appeal grant will help work with young peo­ple

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Shirley Bar­tynek

A Larkhall char­ity which sup­ports young peo­ple and adults deal­ing with men­tal health is­sues has re­ceived a fund­ing boost.

Thanks to the STV Chil­dren’s Appeal part­ner­ship with Youth and Phi­lan­thropy Ini­tia­tive Scot­land (YPI) the Trust Jack Foun­da­tion, who were nom­i­nated by Larkhall Acad­emy, were among nine win­ning char­i­ties to re­ceive their £3000 YPI grants di­rectly from the STV Chil­dren’s Appeal.

Man­aged in Scot­land by The Wood Foun­da­tion, the YPI pro­gramme en­gages young peo­ple in so­cial change and em­pow­ers them to crit­i­cally un­der­stand their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Talk­ing about their in­volve­ment with YPI, He­len Mitchell, Chair­man of the Trust Jack Foun­da­tion, said: “The Trust Jack Foun­da­tion con­tin­ues to flour­ish and grow due to the re­ceipt of gen­er­ous do­na­tions from companies and in­di­vid­u­als and no more so this year than the one re­ceived through our in­volve­ment with YPI (Scot­land).

“The ben­e­fits of this ini­tia­tive to young peo­ple, and the coun­try as a whole, will be felt through­out Scot­land in the years to come. The Trust Jack Foun­da­tion feels ex­tremely priv­i­leged to have been cho­sen as one of the win­ning char­i­ties and the fund­ing we re­ceived will al­low us to con­tinue our work with young peo­ple deal­ing with men­tal health is­sues as well as sup­port­ing their fam­i­lies through this dif­fi­cult time by means of our grant scheme and art ther­apy and sup­port groups.”

Com­ment­ing on YPI and its part­ner­ship with STV, Sir Ian Wood, Chair­man of The Wood Foun­da­tion, said: “YPI is one of The Wood Foun­da­tion’s most ex­cit­ing and suc­cess­ful phil­an­thropic pro­grammes in Scot­land and is of­ten a young per­son’s first ex­pe­ri­ence of phi­lan­thropy, pro­vid­ing them with a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore the big so­cial is­sues on their doorstep and ad­vo­cate pas­sion­ately on be­half of the char­i­ties they visit.

“We’re de­lighted that STV Chil­dren’s Appeal has pro­vided fund­ing sup­port for nine of the 207 char­i­ties that were awarded grants this year, in­vest­ing in both youth voice and com­mu­nity so­cial ac­tion.

“Work­ing with STV Chil­dren’s Appeal, and other like­minded part­ners, is cen­tral to the con­tin­ued growth, de­vel­op­ment and suc­cess of the pro­gramme in Scot­land, not only in terms of the grants we are able to award but also in pro­vid­ing young peo­ple with the valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence of phi­lan­thropy and nur­tur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of their crit­i­cal em­ploy­a­bil­ity and en­ter­prise skills.”

STV Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Rob Wood­ward added: “We hope these nine grants from STV Chil­dren’s Appeal will go a long way to help­ing each project make a dif­fer­ence in their lo­cal com­mu­nity and have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the lives of many chil­dren and young peo­ple.

“We are pleased to con­tinue our part­ner­ship with YPI Scot­land and to help pro­vide a plat­form for school pupils to en­gage with and raise aware­ness of the is­sue of child poverty across Scot­land.”

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