The Shed in Stornoway receives £2,000 from STV Appeal 2013

STV Appeal Trustee Lorraine Kelly at The Big Live.

STV Appeal Trustee Lorraine Kelly at The Big Live.

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Stornoway community project The Shed has received a £2,000 boost from the STV Appeal 2013.

Set up by Martin’s Memorial Church, The Shed looks to provide support and encouragement to teens and their families, including those living in the midst of poverty, through various support initiatives and community events.

The Martin’s project works in partnership with other agencies including drug and alcohol support services, family mediation, women’s aid and homelessness services.

And the aim is for The Shed to help develop existing partnerships and form new ones, as the facility is made available to others to use.

The building is at a crucial stage and the STV Appeal funding will assist with final furnishings, as well as supporting ongoing staffing and developing of the facility.

Donna Macneil, Youth Development Worker and Team Leader at The Shed, said: “We have been working hard behind the scenes to make The Shed a reality.

“Our existing space for youth and community work was already limited and stretched. As a sign of our commitment to our community, and our desire to offer more support to teens and their families, we embarked on the ambitious plans to build a brand new, purpose built facility.

“The Shed will give us more space for our work to grow, and will provide us with a neutral space where we can journey with people to encourage them in their own lives to reach and fulfil their potential.

“We are very grateful for the support from the STV Appeal, which will help us develop our work in supporting individuals and in giving support and encouragement to the wider community.”

The STV Appeal was set up in 2011 by STV and The Hunter Foundation; and in 2013 the Wood Family Trust pledged its support to the Appeal also.

Every penny raised by the Appeal stays in Scotland and goes directly towards helping the children who need it most.

Now in its third year, the STV Appeal has raised a total of £5.8million which has been invested in 163 big and small community projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland – helping over 18,000 children.

One in five children across Scotland live in poverty – and for some communities that figure is even worse. In parts of the country every second family is living in poverty, meaning that in every community there will be a family struggling to feed its kids, a family struggling to clothe them in winter, a family struggling just to make ends meet.

The STV Appeal works to help those young people and give them the same opportunity that other children take for granted.

Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The third year of the STV Appeal has been our most successful yet.

“With the help of our generous supporters and fantastic fundraising efforts taking place right across Scotland we have now raised over £5.8m. The money donated to the STV Appeal stays right here in Scotland and will help make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable children and young people on our doorstep.”

To find out more about the STV Appeal and projects funded visit www.stc.tv/appeal