Barra Children’s Centre cash boost

Community project Barra Children’s Centre on Isle of Barra has received £2,000 from the STV Appeal.

Barra Children’s Centre is a community organisation that provides services and facilities for children up to 11 years, as well as parents and carers of pre-school children on Barra and Vatersay.

On an island with limited access to indoor recreational facilities for families, the Children’s Centre is a thriving and unique central hub for children and their carers who would otherwise be at risk of isolation within the rural community.

The organisation runs parent and toddler drop-in sessions, Gaelic under threes play sessions, under fives active play sessions, ante-natal and health promotion workshops for young families in partnership with NHS WI, and summer holiday play schemes.

It also runs a primary youth club which is attended by 86% of children aged 5-11 in the community.

The grant from STV Appeal will contribute to the employment costs of the organisation’s development manager.

One in five children in Scotland lives in poverty - a shocking 220,000 children across the country. So far the STV Appeal has raised over £5.6 million with 198 big and small grants distributed to projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, providing much needed support to over 29,000 children.

Now in its fourth year, the STV Appeal is determined to make an even bigger difference in the lives of children and young people living in poverty in Scotland. The money raised is distributed to provide practical help like food and warm clothes; create opportunities for training and employability; and enable social and emotional support for those who need it most.

The STV Appeal 2014 is now well underway with an exciting line-up of fundraising activities planned for the year ahead.

Elaine Stewart, Chairperson of Barra Children’s Centre, said: “We were overjoyed to hear the news of the award. It’s fantastic to think that our project made an impression on the Trustees at the STV Appeal.

“Barra Children’s Centre is run by a committee of busy mums and it’s really important that we’re able to employ a manager for the project in order to continue the work that we do for children in our community.”