STV Ap­peal cash boost aids youth ini­tia­tive

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

A com­mu­nity youth pro­ject with bases in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has re­ceived £2000 from the STV Ap­peal.

Re­gen:fx Youth Trust works with young peo­ple be­tween the ages of eight and 21 years.

The pro­ject re­cruits, trains and pro­vides con­tin­ual sup­port to vol­un­teers who help to de­liver dif­fer­ent types of ac­tiv­i­ties for young peo­ple.

The STV Ap­peal grant was used to sup­port one of Re­gen:fx Youth Trust most in­no­va­tive youth projects called ‘The Street’. ‘The Street’ is the only one of its kind in the UK, us­ing prom­e­nade theatre to high­light to young peo­ple the con­se­quences of be­com­ing in­volved in risk-tak­ing be­hav­iour such as al­co­hol and drug mis­use. The Street has worked with 400 young peo­ple over the age of 14 plus over the last year.

Since launch­ing in 2011, the STV Ap­peal has raised over £8.2m 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.

Wendy McI­nally, trust man­ager at Re­gen:fx Youth Trust, said: “The grant went to­wards the cost of putting on 56 shows and work­shops for young peo­ple who then had the op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore what they see as risk-tak­ing be­hav­iours and how to best avoid it or re­duce po­ten­tial harm to them­selves. We work with young peo­ple from re­gen­er­a­tion ar­eas of South La­nark­shire who ben­e­fit from sup­port and guid­ance de­liv­ered by our new and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to ease youth dis­or­der and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“A huge thanks to STV Ap­peal.”

Lit­tle he­roes Geral­dine An­gus, from Wa­ter Aid, re­ceives the cheque from Eilidh Kennedy (9), and pri­mary five and six classes

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