THE Bridge Community Centre in Stornoway welcomed a donation of £2,000 from STV News Reporter Nicola McAlley on behalf of the STV Appeal – a major charity launched by the television station and The Hunter Foundation to raise cash for children affected by poverty in Scotland.
Nicola said: “I am delighted to be presenting a cheque on behalf of the STV appeal to The Bridge Community Centre. It has been a privilege to meet with the people who will put the money to good use.
“The STV Appeal is helping to support many worthy projects all across Scotland, and I am very proud to be a part of it,” she added.
The Bridge Community Centre offers young club to the town’s teenagers five nights a week, along with Duke of Edinburgh groups, a girl’s activity group, and projects such as bike maintenance and tractor refurbishment workshops.
The aim is to provide social, educational and developmental opportunities for young people, and this provision supports the targeted work developed to meet the identified needs of the age group.
John MacIver, Youth Worker at The Bridge Community Centre, said: “We are hugely thankful for this support and encouragement from the STV Appeal.
“The money will enable us to develop our mentoring programme further, and allow us to make a greater contribution to the community here in Lewis and Harris.”
Mentoring is the main targeted provision at The Bridge Community Centre, and is an early intervention, evidenced based approach, aimed at young people demonstrating multiple risk factors.
To date, the STV Appeal has helped raise over £1.2million in 2011 as STV CEO and Trustee of the STV Appeal, Rob Woodward, expands: “The first year of the STV Appeal has been a huge success and the public and our other supporters have been incredibly generous.
“Every pound raised in Scotland will stay in Scotland. Through the generosity of donors we will be supporting projects right across the country and we’re delighted to be playing our part in supporting Scotland’s young people through providing funding to support proven initiatives.”