£185,000 boost for fam­i­lies in dire need of help

Cash will be used to of­fer prac­ti­cal care and ad­vice

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Kath­leen Speirs

Fam­i­lies in ab­ject poverty will have ex­tra sup­port on hand thanks to a cash boost of more than £185,000.

Com­mu­nity project Foun­da­tions First of­fers ad­vice and sup­port to fam­i­lies in Ren­frew­shire who are af­fected by poverty and are home­less or at risk of los­ing their home.

Run by Shel­ter Scot­land, the group has been awarded a £185,341 grant from the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal.

Graeme Brown, di­rec­tor of Shel­ter Scot­land, said: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful for the con­tin­u­ing sup­port of the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal for our Foun­da­tions First ser­vice based in Ren­frew­shire.

“In the last three years the or­gan­i­sa­tion has helped hun­dreds of lo­cal fam­i­lies to ad­dress an enor­mous range of is­sues that were caus­ing them emo­tional dis­tress and fi­nan­cial hard­ship.

“This in­cludes is­sues around hous­ing, money wor­ries and health prob­lems.

“This has only been pos­si­ble thanks to the peo­ple who do­nated to the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal.”

By work­ing with mem­bers of the lo­cal com­mu­nity, Foun­da­tions First staff aim to come up with imag­i­na­tive ways of sup­port­ing those strug­gling with hous­ing and other dif­fi­cul­ties.

The project isn’t the only good cause in Pais­ley ben­e­fit­ting from the na­tion­wide char­ity.

Stronger Com­mu­nites Glen­burn, which works to make the lo­cal area a safer and friend­lier en­vi­ron­ment for chil­dren and their fam­i­lies, re­ceived a cash boost of £134,976.

STV weath­er­man and proud Bud­die Sean Batty pre­sented the wel­come cheque to staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers in Glen­burn, as re­ported in Mon­day’s Pais­ley Daily Ex­press.

Since launch­ing in 2011, the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal has raised more than £16.3 mil­lion pro­vid­ing much needed sup­port to over 67,000 chil­dren.

The money raised is dis­trib­uted to pro­vide prac­ti­cal help, such as 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 tele­vi­sion char­ity, 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 – and a spe­cial thanks goes to any­one in­volved for their on­go­ing sup­port.

“All pro­ceeds re­main in Scot­land, which means we can sup­port vi­tal projects such as Foun­da­tions First in our ef­forts to im­prove the lives of chil­dren across the coun­try.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on Foun­da­tions First visit www. scot­land.shel­ter.org.uk/about_us/ projects/foun­da­tion­s_­first or call 03445 151 885.

If you would like to raise funds through the STV Chil­dren’s Ap­peal con­tact Natalie Wright at natalie. wright@stv.tv

We have helped hun­dreds of fam­i­lies thanks to those who do­nated to the STV Ap­peal

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