Community project The Shed in Stornoway has received £3,000 from the STV Appeal 2012.
The STV Appeal is a major charitable organisation launched by STV and The Hunter Foundation, set up to raise funds for children affected by poverty in Scotland and to stimulate public debate on the issue. In its first two years the STV Appeal has raised £3.3 million which has been invested in 98 big and small projects across all 32 local authority areas in Scotland, helping over 9,000 children.
In 2011, 2012 and again in 2013, the Scottish Government committed to match fund up to one million pounds of the total amount raised.
The Shed engages with teenagers and younger children and their families, providing support and encouragement. Through The Shed they also undertake community initiatives to help those living in the midst of poverty. Martin’s Memorial Church, who oversees The Shed, also provides support to a range of local agencies including drug and alcohol support services, family mediation, and women’s aid organisations.
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 desire was to give more space for our work to grow, especially so we may offer better support to young people and their families in our community. The Shed will provide us with a neutral space where we can journey with people to encourage them to reach their potential. We are very grateful for the support we are receiving from the STV Appeal and it will help us achieve the goals we have, which are both ambitious and exciting”.
Rob Woodward, STV CEO and trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “The second year of the STV Appeal was another fantastic success. With the help of the Scottish Government, the public and our other generous supporters, we have now raised a total of £3.3 million. Every penny we raise stays in Scotland which means the STV Appeal can help even more vulnerable young people through the inspirational projects it is investing in across the country.”
Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Appeal, said: “This project is one small, but important step in attempting to move the dial on poverty. No child should grow up in poverty - in our small nation we should be able to fix that in order that opportunity is afforded in equal measure to all of Scotland’s children and young people.”
The STV Appeal 2013 is now underway with a host of fundraising activities and engaging programming to be rolled out throughout the year. For more information and to download a fundraising pack, go to www.stv.tv/appeal.