£185,000 boost for families in dire need of help
Cash will be used to offer practical care and advice
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
We have helped hundreds of families thanks to those who donated to the STV Appeal